May 17th, 2013
LAKE WALES – LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue hosted its first-ever Hispanic Celebration earlier this month (May 3) with food, fashion and fun from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Guatemala.
“As a staff at Polk Avenue, we examined our demographics, and we were inspired to create an event that was targeted toward our largest demographic group,” said Assistant Principal Metta O’Bryant, who helped create the event. Nearly 40 percent of Polk Avenue’s students are Hispanic.
“We knew this would be a great way to reach out to the families at our school,” said Principal Gail Quam. “It was a fun learning experience for everyone.”
To kick off the Celebration, students and adults learned about Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Guatemala from a PowerPoint presentation provided by Julio Acevedo, migrant coordinator for Lake Wales Charter Schools.
Next, students enjoyed a live fashion show with clothing styles from each of the four Hispanic cultures. Students also were introduced to music presented by the Acevedo family. A variety of delicious foods and beverages from the four countries gave students a chance to experience different Hispanic cultures.
“We are thankful for the many community partners, families and staff members who synergized to make this day a great success,” said O’Bryant.
Sponsors and volunteers included: LaBotana Restaurant (food); Julio Acevedo family (food and music); Maria Escobar (costumes); Lee Wroten and Kevin Lee (watermelons); Ernesto Garcia (taqueria paraiso); Amarilys Reyes (arroz congri); Yini Schreiber (food and fundraising); Olga Stafford (arroz con dulce); Dr. Anthony Faro family (flags). Jenny Gilbert, Sandy Altimirano, Debbie Rivera, Jaxy Windish and Naiaris Rivera helped make passports, flowers, and flyers. Nikki Sealey helped decorate.
PHOTO: Middle school visitor Cecilia Escobar shows off her authentic Mexican dress, while Polk Avenue student Daniel Eudave holds the Mexican flag donated by Dr. Anthony Faro. Both students wear “friendship bracelets” made in colors of the Mexican flag.
PHOTO #2: Assistant Principal Metta O’Bryant & Principal Gail Quam get in the celebration spirit!