Adding the Latinos Unidos Club to OA’s campus

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For the first year at Orcutt Academy High School, junior Samantha Martinez has established Latinos Unidos, a club in which students can learn more about  Spanish culture and get involved in need based community service opportunities. 

 

The Latinos Unidos club has been established throughout high schools in our area, including Santa Maria, Pioneer Valley, and Righetti. Orcutt Academy High School counselor Mrs. Ana Perez influenced Martinez’s decision in starting up the club here at OA. Martinez stated, “Mrs. Perez, my advisor, said ‘Hey you should start this up, and I think you should be in charge of it.’”

 

As a club, Martinez plans on doing a few activities in the near future, such as having a booth at Club Day on September 26th, celebrating Dia de Los Muertos with the student body, and fundraising for a conference at the end of the year pertaining to students in the Latino community. Martinez comments on questions about community service stating, “In the far future, we plan on doing a lot of projects in the community that are culture and education based, and we plan on trying to get as many people involved as possible.” 

 

Martinez believes everyone should have the same educational opportunities, which is why this club and these projects are so important to her. She explains, “As a Latino myself, I would love to see cultural diversity around Orcutt Academy, and that includes me sharing about Latino culture, which is just the start.” 

 

Martinez also included this club is non exclusive, “I want Orcutt Academy students to know that this club is just as much about learning the Latino culture, as it is learning about other students’ cultures as well.” 

 

Martinez wanted to create a club in which all students at Orcutt Academy could feel safe and respected while speaking about their culture, which is exactly what she plans on doing through Latinos Unidos.

 

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