Abriendo Puertas, Mercy High’s Hispanic heritage club, has been very active these past few weeks. Starting the school year with a fiesta, and most recently putting up an ofrenda in our Media Center, this club has been celebrating the beauty and diversity of Hispanic culture around the world. Abriendo Puertas, translated to “Opening Doors,” is open to all students at Mercy, but it holds a very special place in the hearts of our Latina students. Dafne Becerra, a Mercy High senior who serves as Co-President, said that Abriendo Puertas “is [her] sense of home at Mercy as it brings in many girls to share our Hispanic roots to the school and anyone can feel the welcoming environment it brings when you join the club.” Becerra sees Abriendo Puertas as a place for her and her friends to share their culture with the school. This club has made a lasting impression on many of the students who join and participate in its activities.
Abriendo Puertas also leads many fun activities throughout the year. The club hosts fiestas with food and dancing, puts together special events for holidays like Días de los Reyes and Cinco de Mayo, and organizes Jessica Gonzalez’s personal favorite activity: the toy drive. Jessica is also a senior and Co-President. She spends a lot of time working with Abriendo Puertas. Gonzalez shared that “one of the big impacts Abriendo Puertas has had in my life is realizing how fortunate I am when we’re doing our toy drive. When we do our toy drive, it really brings a lot of joy into my life knowing that we’re giving joy to kids.” Gonzalez expressed her gratitude for the club and the opportunities it has given her in many ways but mainly through dedicated participation. She really enjoys all the activities and meetings that Abriendo Puertas hosts and shares the beauty of her culture with her classmates. Mercy’s integration of this club has greatly affected many of the Latina students here because it gives them space to practice their traditions and share with the rest of the school community.
Abriendo Puertas will again be hosting a toy drive to benefit the Refugee Empowerment Center. Please consider donating to the cause! All donations will be used to purchase toys for children of refugee families who have recently been resettled in Omaha. Venmo Mercy's business account (@Mercy-HighSchoolOmaha) and be sure to note that it's for Abriendo Puertas.