The sixth grade has been exploring the different family heritages of their peers. On February 9th, the sixth grade met in the auditorium to learn about the family heritage of Lucia Bigelow. Lucia’s father, Mr. Luis Castro, is originally from Venezuela and gave the students a presentation about the culture, climate, and geography of the country he grew up in.
Mr. Castro explained that Venezuela is located on the northern coast of South America and has diverse natural attractions such as beautiful Caribbean beaches, the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Rainforest, and Angel Falls, the tallest waterfall in the world. He said the country is also known for its plentiful supply of oil, great food, music and dance, and its charming people. While they speak Spanish, Mr. Castro said Venezuelans ethnically are a mix of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, African, and native peoples. Being close to the equator, Venezuelans enjoy warm weather year-round, with the only seasons being the dry season and rainy season. “There are no snow days, they don’t exist,” he told the students. A favorite pastime there is going to the beach and the most popular sport is baseball. Mr. Castro also shared how most people believe the name Venezuela originated from an Italian word meaning “Little Venice” that early European explorers used to describe the area.
Earlier in the month, sixth graders learned about the family heritage of Iris Davis during a similar presentation. The presentations are part of Chatham Middle School’s character education theme for January and February, which is Celebrating Differences.