Learn more about how Gabby Rodriguez (8th) and Rachelle Salcedo (1st) use Folklorico as a way to carry out the HEART and ACT pillars @ Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy!
How was this a demonstration of the pillars Act & Heart?
Gabby: "We did this because it was Hispanic Heritage month and folklorico represents a piece of Hispanic Heritage. The ACT of dancing teaches others about what makes our culture unique and invites others to learn more about the richness of our culture. It's a great way for others to learn more about Latinx culture and include others that aren't part of this culture to join us to celebrate. Including others is very important."
Rachelle: "It's an ACTion pillar because it shows the people about the dance and they can learn about it while watching it"
What was the impact of this event on our students and community?
Gabby: "To teach other students and other people about our culture, how rich it is - how amazing Mexican culture is and how festive is! Other cultures have different ways of dancing and this is one way to show what makes our culture unique."
Rachelle: "Because you have an audience and its important to teach others about the dance and they can learn dances from other cultures- that way everyone can dance like us! (HEART)"
Why are these pillars important to you?
Gabby: "It's important to me because its one way to become a better person- you need to use your emotional intelligence (Heart) to express through action (Act). If you know how to help a person, but don’t do anything about it, there’s no point in you knowing."
Rachelle: "With the ACT pillar, you can help people and show everyone else around the school that it’s important to do things to help others."
What are your ideas as to how we can embody this pillar more often moving forward?
Gabby: "To help people who are in need! Helping people who are less fortunate, being kind, performing acts of kindness and acts of art-- the world needs more kindness and acts that come from the HEART. Without ACT, the other pillars wouldn’t be complete."
Rachelle: "It’s important to help others and ACT is a way that you can give examples of good things you can do."
If you could share one piece of wisdom or insight related to this pillar with our community, what would it be?
Gabby: "Don’t be afraid to do what is right through your actions."
Rachelle: "Always help others."