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Fairy Tales and Frightenings at CISP

By Mireille Rita Grovier, photos by Jay Grovier

Pinocchio was the subject of the story presented to the students of Centro Infantil San Pablo by their parents. The date was Thursday, October 30, at 10am. On this day the story, a monthly tradition at the school, was coupled with boisterous and fun filled Day of the Dead festivities. La Directora, the teachers, and the three, four, and five-year-old students were costumed in vivid, frightening, and, in some cases overpowering outfits.

The festivities commenced with the Day of the Dead celebration. The costumed performers, faces painted in hilarious congruity with their attire, danced, sang, and clapped their mysterious message into the hearts of the assembled and delighted spectators. The mood was contagious, and the audience joined in the applause and many of the songs.

The story by the parents followed. Mothers disguised as Pinocchio, with his elongated nose appropriately colored orange to reflect the season, and Geppetto, with a balding head and white fringed mustache appeared. The Good Fairy used her magic to make the puppet come alive. Pinocchio’s naughty behavior soon resulted in the long ears and tail of a donkey. True to the story, a live whale swallowed Geppetto, and Pinocchio came to the rescue. His good behavior was rewarded by the Good Fairy, and Pinocchio became a live boy.

Mothers who participated in Pinocchio and their children were introduced.

The festivities ended with comida, birthday cake, and a song for the children with birthdays in October.

Centro Infantil San Pablo (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 or email us at


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