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Mortarboards, miracles and memories

By Mireille Rita Grovier

July 7 was graduation day for the five-year-old students of Centro Infantíl San Pablo. The ceremony took place during the morning service at St. Paul’s Church. The 20 graduates entered the sanctuary festively attired in white caps and gowns trimmed in blue. The children have been under the excellent tutelage of their Directora Patricia Palacios Cortés, and their Maestra of this year, Ana Oliver Zamora Frias.

The service began with Tony Marinello’s introduction of the volunteers from the youth group from St. Peter’s Church in Lewes, Delaware, here to volunteer their services with CISP over the summer.

The graduation ceremony commenced with the Reverend M. Lucie Thomas giving each of the children his or her diploma and a kiss. The graduates then held hands and, swaying to the music, sang “We Are The Champions.”

A flag ceremony on the lawn followed the service. The new alumni passed the Mexican flag to the school’s four-year-old students, next year’s graduates, Class of 2014. The ceremony ended with the boys, dressed in elegant suits and ties, and the girls in delicious ice cream pink dresses, dancing to “The Impossible Dream.”

Cake and refreshments awaited the honorees, their families and the congregation at large.

On display at the church were murals by the graduates depicting Antonin Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona, Spain. The children created the murals as part of their biweekly program of music, opera and art.

Centro Infantíl San Pablo in San Miguel is a tuition-free preschool based on the Head Start model. Many of the children have sponsors who support their education. Additional sponsorships are available for those interested. For further information please see Sponsorships for the children are welcome and available. Interested parties may contact

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