Anchors Aweigh for Mother’s Day at Centro Infantil San Pablo

By Mireille Rita Grovier, Photography by Barbara and Marco Espinosa, Jay Grovier

It was “Anchors Aweigh for Mother’s Day” on May 9. When the Good Ship CISP docked, it dropped its anchor at the altar of St. Paul’s Church. Costumed passengers and crew on board soon emerged, displaying an enchanting mixture of international travelers. Nautically dressed in their sailor hats and uniforms, the director and teachers orchestrated the landing and an imaginative tribute honoring an eager audience of mothers and a gathering of family members and friends.

The first to touch land were a group of Greek sailors (the school’s five-year-olds) dancing down the runway to the music of Zorba the Greek. Mysterious sounds emerging from the ship’s hull announced exotic Arabian knights and ladies (the four-year-olds) as they danced to The Arabe Kiss. The school’s three-year-olds represented Cuba performing, as they did, to the music of Salome.

All of a sudden, sea breezes and the luscious odors of pineapple, papaya and mango floated through the air. The four-year-old girls, dressed in hula skirts, appeared to the strains of Pretty Woman and danced their way down the aisle of the church as cameras flashed and families responded with a round of applause.

Proving that the ship had indeed landed and all aboard had reached their home shore, the five-year-old boys and girls again appeared. This time their dance was to the strains of Colas de Nicolás, Passengers and crew were safe and at home in Mexico.

At the end of the performance, all the children gathered to sing a special song for their mothers, followed by “Te quiero mucho, mama” in unison.

Again came a round of applause and cameras flashing as passengers, crew, the director and the teachers took their final bow. Refreshments followed, and a fitting tribute to mothers was shared by all.

Centro Infantil San Pablo (CISP) provides early education for underprivileged children. It was founded by St. Paul’s Anglican Church and has been in existence since 2001. Over 240 five-year-olds have successfully completed the 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 or email us at


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