Cinco de Mayo program was educational and entertaining

June 25, 2010 at 1:25 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate

My "sombrero" (hat) is off to John C. French Elementary for the wonderful festive "Cinco de Mayo" program that I attended on May 5. I signed in at the office, got my visitor sticker and made my way to Mrs. Aleman's class where she was busy preparing for the program. I was greeted by Mrs. Aleman and the 17 happy children who were excited about performing.

The children were beautifully dressed in their "Mariachi" costumes. I found a spot to view the program and waited with happiness and excitement just like the children. Mrs. Aleman came out with her "little mariachi" singers, but before they could perform, she explained the meaning of "Cinco de Mayo." I listened, learned, and then the children began to sing. The children sang a wonderful variety of Spanish songs.

As the children sang and danced with all their heart and joy, it brought tears to my eyes. It brings tears to my eyes as I write this letter. The children, both boys and girls of different nationalities, singing and dancing together so happily. They sang in Spanish, a language that for some was something new. They glowed as they sang so happily and freely together as one voice.

I remember when I was in school and you were not allowed to speak Spanish during school. All that has changed now and it makes me proud that the Cuero School District values all languages and cultures. I want to thank Mr. Iacoponelli, the John C. French school principal, for all the support and encouragement he gives to his teachers as well as to the school, by allowing all the guests and me to enjoy such a delightful afternoon program. I also want to thank all the teachers, parents, grandparents, volunteers and the cafeteria workers who helped, donated, cooked and decorated for this special event.

Thank you Officer Michael Marr, Gabriella Hernandez and Danielle Hernandez for sharing their Latin dance moves with the children and the audience. Last of all, I want to thank Mrs. Aleman and her students for teaching me about "Cinco de Mayo," but most of all, thank you for sharing with all of us your love for all people and all cultures. I learned a lot that Cinco de Mayo day, and I plan to enjoy it all again next year.

Rudy Perez, Cuero



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