Children, Mothers, and Energy at CISP
By Mireille Rita Grovier, photo by Kathy Gregg and Jay Grovier
To say that being a student, a member of the faculty, or a volunteer at Centro Infantil San Pablo requires a high degree of energy would be a gross understatement. On the morning of Thursday, April 28, Day of the Child, and again on Tuesday, May 3, this was proven beyond a doubt.
On Thursday, the children, faculty, and an array of costumed parents gathered at Parque Juarez to celebrate children! CISP’s children did a marvelous job of being themselves in a manner that only children can, and these 60 young ones did so most superbly. The morning started with games, after which a light lunch was served. Before the meal Director Patricia Palacios Cortez led the children in saying a prayer that exhibited the bilingual experiences that are part of the educational program at the school. Then off to another part of the park, where costumed parents dressed as various animals performed a story for the children. The morning concluded with a walk to Santa Clara Creamery where the annual gift of ice cream was consumed.
On the morning of Tuesday, May 3, a spectacular performance was offered in honor of mothers to a packed audience at the Ángela Peralta Theater. The theme of the day was “Dreams Possible.” The morning’s motto was, “This year we will fulfill the dreams of some moms.” Appropriately costumed, each class and their teachers danced, in turn, to music from different islands and countries. There was a mambo from Cuba, a samba from Brazil, Offenbach’s “can-can” from Paris, a Hawaiian hula, the Jarabe Tapatio from Mexico, and “Pretty Woman” from the United States.
The delighted and amazed audience was treated to a surprise not mentioned in the program: the entrance of a mariachi band and its performance. The teachers alone performed two dances, one of which was accompanied by dancing mariachis.
The morning ended with a universal bow by all of the children and staff together, still in costume and still bursting with the exuberance that comprised both events. This school is a glowing example of excellence in education, creativity, and theatrical marvel!
St. Paul’s Anglican Church founded Centro Infantil in 2001. To learn more about Centro Infantil San Pablo and the educational opportunities provided to these amazing children, how you can help as a volunteer, or to provide suggestions for programs, please visit our website at centroinfantilsanpablo.org. Join us! Have fun! Get energized!