Lindsay Dollinger, AATSP Buckeye Chapter President 2018
Having just inducted our school’s biggest incoming class of new inductees to the “Los Pioneros” Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, the time for planning a new year of opportunities for our Spanish students has begun. In the four short years of our charter, our school has created a society which values foreign language and encourages students to extend their language learning instead of choosing to stop after the minimum requirement for their chosen graduation track. I had many reasons I initially shared with our administration for approval of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH). Primarily, I wanted to add more value to our department. Student members are able to apply for a junior travel award or a senior university scholarship (one per chapter) each year. In addition, our chapter is able to award service and academic awards to the top members of our organization. No other club or organization really offers these opportunities to our student body. In addition, the service opportunities and other fun bonding activities that the SHH would plan over the year would help encourage our members to continue on to higher levels of the language…and the plan has worked!
Each year our chapter of SHH participates in variety of activities, but one of our favorites continues to be The Pulsera Project. If you are unfamiliar with the organization, I encourage you to check out their website: http://www.pulseraproject.org/. I use the available teaching material for mini lessons leading up to and during our pulsera (bracelet) sale, and the SHH members sell the pulseras during lunch and at a variety of after school activities like basketball games and school performances. The students absolutely love the project and to see how they are helping others. Other activities we have done include conducting a supplies drive for a Bolivian orphanage (fill a suitcase to send down), raising money for disaster relief, viewing Spanish-speaking movies in the theatre (or the recent Disney movie Coco), and hosting a lock-in. We’ve taken trips to the zoo wildlights, tried new restaurant, had grocery store scavenger hunts in Spanish…the opportunities are endless.
If your school doesn’t yet have a Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica department, I highly encourage you to talk to your colleagues and start a chapter. Our first inductee class was very small (five students), but it has grown in a short time to be an important organization in our school and one that I firmly believe has helped grow student interest in our department. The entire school loves to get involved and support our projects, continuing to spread awareness about being global citizens. Please contact me if you have any questions or need help getting your own SHH started. Or visit our website at: http://www.aatsp.org/?SHH