A beginning and “Passing the Torch”
By Mireille Rita Grovier, photography by Jay Grovier
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “commencement” as the “time when something begins.” For the five-year-old graduating class of Centro Infantil, the “beginning” of their continuing educational progress occurred on Sunday, July 13, of this year at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. During La Misa at 10:30am, the graduates entered the sanctuary in their blue and white caps and gowns. They then performed a vibrant and exhilarating dance to the appropriately named tune of Vive. Following their dance, Bishop William Gregg, Rector, and Directora Patricia Palacios Cortez presented the children with their diplomas.
All in attendance were festively attired from head to toe for the grand occasion.
Following the service, on the lawn of St. Paul’s, the torch was passed. The graduates presented the flag of Mexico to the graduating class for the coming school year. The Mexican National Anthem was sung and the flag saluted. The graduates then waltzed to Los Cañones de Navarone. Graduation gifts from both the school Advisory Committee and their Art and Opera Project were distributed. Thus concluded another year of the continuing excellence in preschool education that defines Centro Infantil San Pablo (CISP).
CISP provides early education for underprivileged children. Founded by St. Paul’s Anglican Church and 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.