(BOSTON)— Last week, State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with students at schools in Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill. In several classroom visits, he related to students growing up in the neighborhood, and shared how his community involvement and Latino identity led to his first run for state representative in 2003.
“I know what it’s like to grow up as a Latino in Boston,” Sánchez said after visiting a 3rd grade ESL class at the Tobin School in Mission Hill. “It’s tough. But some of the best universities and hospitals are right here in our backyard. The opportunities to learn and succeed are unlimited.”
In addition, Representative Sánchez handed students a pamphlet highlighting successful Latinos from Boston and around the country. It included world-renowned surgeon in pediatric cardiology, Dr. Pedro del Nido, and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Mario Molena from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“It’s one thing to wave a Puerto Rican or Dominican flag,” the Representative stated to an auditorium of students in the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain. “Celebrate your heritage and who you are, but think about what it means for you as a student here in the city of Boston. Think about what you could achieve.”
In addition to the Tobin and Curley K-8, Representative Sánchez visited the Hennigan School and Fenway High School, which is a newcomer to the Mission Hill neighborhood.
The school visits build on Latino celebrations throughout Boston as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.Click here to view more photos on Facebook