Lunch and show; Harrison students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Students at Harrison Elementary School were treated to live music during their lunch hours today.

South Bend Natives’ “Los De San Rafael” toured the country playing music, but their Friday stage was their old cafeteria.

It’s all part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, and the trio returned to their alma mater to sing, dance, and interact with students and staff.

“Here in South Bend, students and young people deserve a chance to be exposed to the outside world,” said Angel Vargas, Peace Builder coach at Harrison Elementary School. “There are so many cultures; there are so many opportunities out there, and it’s just an opportunity to see a band working so hard to do something they love, and we want to show that.

Translated, the band’s name is “of Saint Rafael”, the patron saint of healing and travellers.

Their band name is somewhat apt, as bands are always on the move and the music can provide a healing feeling.

Band members include Isac Ruelas on guitar/vocals, Moises Ruelas on guitar/vocals and Gabriel Saenz on bass.

“Music is a very enriching part of culture; the heart of their culture,” Vargas said. “So we want to expose our students to Latin music, and no better place to do that than here, because half of our school’s population is Hispanic.”

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