Springing Into Action with Centro Infantil San Pablo
By Mireille Rita Grovier, photos by Kathy Gregg and Jay Grovier
For several years now, on the first day of spring, there has emerged in San Miguel a “Royal Mile” that compares in splendor and festivity to the world-renowned Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. This March 20, Día de Primavera was no exception. Police car escorts with blue and red lights flashing and sirens serenading took their places front and rear of a line of marchers headed from Centro Infantil San Pablo to Plaza Garibaldi. The marchers comprised 61 three-, four-, and five-year-old students from the school; Director Patricia Palacios Cortez; teachers; parents; and volunteers. The children were costumed as fish, frogs, bumblebees, roosters, calves, monkeys, rabbits with carrots, and ducks. The teachers wore wide brimmed hats in a variety of colors trimmed with imitation spider legs over spider web scarves.
At Plaza Garibaldi, where parents had set up a covered pavilion and marked off a stage with brightly colored balloons, the celebration commenced in earnest. To an assorted audience of parents, siblings, committee members, and volunteers, each class in turn performed with song and dance. Cortez thanked the two volunteers, Kaelin and Melissa from Hope College in Michigan, who for one week had assisted in making the costumes for Día de La Primavera. These two young ladies had also been part of the march to the Plaza. The festivities concluded with the children searching for Easter eggs, which had previously been hidden in the bushes.
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 www.centroinfantilsanpablo.org or email us at CISPsma@gmail.com.