Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad
Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad (SHA) is an activities-based Spanish Society for elementary and middle school students enrolled in a Spanish class. In order for a school to have a chapter of the Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad, all sponsors (teachers) must be members of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, (AATSP).
Because there are almost an infinite number of program styles for Spanish in elementary and middle schools, the SHA is designed to be flexible and curriculum friendly. All students are required to participate in projects in order to become members. Projects must use Spanish in some way and must be completed on each of the following three areas: AMBASSADORSHIP, SCHOOL SERVICE, and COMMUNITY SERVICE.
Additionally, there are two types of membership: regular members and honor members. Elementary and middle schools offering exploratory programs usually induct regular members only. Middle schools offering Spanish I and above usually induct honor members because this membership requires that the chapter establish minimum grade requirements. Some middle schools offer both types of memberships, reserving the honor membership for their most outstanding students.
Benefits of an SHA Chapter
Publicize your classes, department, and school by sponsoring a chapter of a national society for elementary and middle school students.
Motivate students and increase enthusiasm for the language because they are engaged in interesting and fun projects.
Extend your classroom to the school and community through your SHA activities.
Link your chapter with others across the USA to share activities.
Enhance student pride in the projects and in their membership.
Increase the number of student that continue to study Spanish in high school.
Participate in SHA contests for activity of the year.
Advocate for early language instruction through successful chapter activities.
Student and Chapter Recognition Items
Students are eligible to receive certificates to reward achievement:
- Regular membership certificate
- Honor membership certificate
- Certificate of service
- Certificate of excellence
- Premio de Amistad
Seals, t-shirts, and other SHA merchandise are available for purchase through National Awards.
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