Celebrating Miracles: The Children of Centro Infantil San Pablo
By Mireille Rita Grovier, photo by Jay Grovier
On the morning of April 30, the 61 children from Centro Infantil San Pablo, their directora and teachers dressed as children, and parents in costume made their annual trek to Parque Juárez to celebrate the Day of the Child. Volunteers and supporters of the school joined at the park. The preceding day and until the morning, the skies had gone from near torrential rains to grey and threatening. At 10am, in tribute to the miracle of the child, the sun burst forth to bless the celebration.
The fun began on the park playground. The children were lined up according to grade level and led by their teachers. They played variations of hop scotch using large dice, and they also played “Simon says,” with colored flags on the ground. The play ended with “Pin the Nose on the Clown.”
Then moving to the park pavilion, decorated with a colorful backdrop as a stage prop, the children were seated and the show commenced under the direction of the teacher of the five-year-olds, maestra Alejandra, as Mistress of Ceremonies. Teachers and parents in costume performed for the spectators. There was a magic show with a rabbit in a hat, juggling of colorful balls, and a dance with equally colorful hula-hoops. At the final curtain, as the performing parents took their bows, they were joined by their children.
Lunch, juice, and snacks were served and then the group took another walk to Santa Clara Ice Cream Shop. For over 11 years now, owner Carl Nordman has treated the children to ice cream on the Day of the Child. The miracles that these children are was once again recognized and honored.
Centro Infantil San Pablo (CISP) provides early education for underprivileged children. Founded by St. Paul’s Anglican Church in 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.