Queen of Spain Visits School in Washington Heights

Queen Letizia waves to the students at Dos Puentes Elementary School. (Photo by QPHOTONYC, via Manhattan Times)

Queen Letizia waves to the students at Dos Puentes Elementary School. (Photo by QPHOTONYC, via Manhattan Times)

Students had a rare chance to see a royal in their midst when Queen Letizia of Spain visited Dos Puentes Elementary School in Washington Heights on September 22, reports Gregg McQueen for Manhattan Times.

The Queen’s visit to Dos Puentes, which has a bilingual curriculum, marked its acceptance into the International Spanish Academies (ISA) program. Three other New York City schools – M.S. 223 in the Bronx, M.S. 247 on the Upper West Side and Long Island’s Southampton Intermediate School – have been admitted to the ISA, which is coalition of North American schools that receives resources from the Spanish ministry of education for Spanish immersion programs.

Student Omar Paulino remarked he was “super excited” about the queen’s visit.

“I like having the chance to show off our school to somebody important and famous,” offered classmate Hector Brea.

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer accompanied the Queen.

“It’s like a dream come true to be talking to the Queen of Spain,” said a noticeably excited Chancellor Fariña, who is descended from Spanish immigrants.  “I wish my parents could have been here to see this.” The Queen did not make any public comments but visited two classrooms with the chancellor, who said the DOE would launch 40 new dual-language programs in the city.

The Queen and her husband King Felipe VI were in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly session.

Click here to read the complete article at Manhattan Times.

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