Rich East Spanish Honor Society Builds Community


The Rich East Spanish Honor Society. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Members of the Rich East High School Spanish Honor Society dropped by Village Hall Friday to take down the display that graced the foyer of Village Hall during Hispanic Heritage Month, which began September 15. The display was created by the students and placed in Village Hall at the invitation of the Community on Human Relations.

Mercedes Collopy, President of the Spanish Honor Society, says one of the goals of the group is to "promote culture and diversity in the community and in Rich East."

The group currently has 17 members.

The students also work to raise money for other charitable organizations, and recently helped sponsor an event at Rich Central High School to earn money for a group called CASA, an organization that provides court advocates for foster children. CASA is a network of more than 59,000 volunteers that serve 243,000 abused and neglected children through 900+ local program offices nationwide, according to the organization’s web site.

“We just want to let Rich East and our community know that we’re here and that we want to be a bigger part [of the community]. So, we’re going to step up this year, before our seniors leave. We expect the juniors that are here now to do the same next year so we can have a good community,” said member Alyssa Hernandez.

The group’s sponsor is Ms. Sandra Spann.

The Spanish Honor Society, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. It recognizes and fosters achievement of students who excel in High School Spanish. Members of the society promise to continue their studies of Spanish with the goal of becoming fluent. They also pledge to learn and promote cultural understanding among the Spanish Speaking Cultures of the world and our American Culture. Students are invited to become members during their sophomore year or after, based on their grades in Spanish.



More information about the group is available on the Rich East High School web page.