September Spectaculars at Centro Infantil San Pablo
By Mireille Rita Grovier
Photography by Jay Grovier
At 10 o’clock on the morning of September 13, the 61 three-, four- and five-year-old students of Centro Infantil San Pablo, their parents, Directora, Maestras, friends and members of the school’s Advisory Committee gathered at the school to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day. Attired in costumes appropriate to the occasion, the children paraded, danced, sang and otherwise performed antics typical to the behavior of preschoolers. At a table in the school’s courtyard, eight of the children reenacted the planning meetings for the revolution with Doña Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez (La Corregidora), Juan Aldama, Ignacio Allende and their co-conspirators. Shortly thereafter, the diminutive replica of La Corregidora wrote the letter that warned her colleagues that they had been discovered. And, when the plot was to be reenacted, a minute Father Hidalgo, wigged with a slightly oversized and balding head fringed in white, rang the bell that announced the start of the Revolution. Little couples waltzed to three Strauss waltzes, including Die SchatzWalzer (The Treasure Waltz) from his ZiguenerBaron (The Gypsy Baron) as well as Die Lustige Witwe Walzer (The Merry Widow Waltz) from Franz Lehar’s operetta. The ceremony concluded with the children and the audience saluting the Mexican flag and singing the Mexican National Anthem.
On September 20, the children celebrated the International Day of Peace, with a request for peace. Students, the Directora and the Maestras were dressed in white. This same Friday morning coincided with the new school year’s first story by the parents. Each month parents dressed in costume and with appropriate stage settings perform a story for the children. The story on this morning was based on the Mexican children’s song of “The Three Little Pigs.” The story event concluded with the parent performers removing their masks and taking a final bow with their children who attend the school. The students then returned to their individual classrooms emulating the characters in the play they had just seen. At the end of the school day the children carried a message of peace to their homes.
On Friday morning, September 27, the children, the Directora and Maestras of the school celebrated the Day of San Miguel. Also present were parents and older siblings of the children and members of the school’s Advisory Committee. The children and members of the staff were dressed in costumes reminiscent of indigenous Mexican cultures. Performances included dances by the children, the Directora and the Maestras. The Directora then invited the parents and older siblings to join their students in a round dance. The program ended with a parade of all 61 costumed students with noisemakers and a boisterous return to their individual classrooms.
Centro Infantil San Pablo (CISP) provides early education for underprivileged children. In existence since 2001, over 240 five-year-olds have successfully completed our three-year program. A sponsorship for a child is always welcome. Donations are also appreciated. Advisory Committee Members are often needed. For additional information, go to www.centroinfantilsanpablo.org or email us at CISPsma@gmail.com.