Friday, May 3, 2013

Justin F. Kimball High School hosts annual Cinco de Mayo festivities

As parents and guests entered the media center at Justin F. Kimball High School, their senses were embraced by aromatic foods, colorful decorations and  energizing music.  This greeting for the senses was soon followed by, "Bienvenido,"  from a chorus of students whose purpose was to make everyone feel welcome. 

Today students with Spanish as their first language, along with other classmates, hosted the sixth annual Cinco de Mayo Community Luncheon at Justin F. Kimball High School.  Dressed in native attire, students, faculty and staff presented hospitality and culture with smiles.  

"Cinco de Mayo
(Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy ..."

Over 145 parents were involved to help with planning the event.  They prepared food and beverages and came with much support and love.

Carmen Carillo - Teacher and Sponsor
Because of extensive parental involvement, community guests were treated to the tastes of more than fifty different dishes representing many countries of student origins.

Mariachi asies Mexico and student dance groups provided entertainment. 

Thanks again to teacher and sponsor Carmen Carrillo whose creativity and work with students makes this popular event happen each year.  Senora Carrillo will retire this year.  She will be missed.
Teacher Jaqueline Ornelas co-sponsored this student event.  Many other faculty and staff assisted and enjoyed.

The celebration was held in the Media Center where  librarian Theresa Anderson and assistant librarian Janice Mullins cheerfully serve.

Principal Earl Jones is campus leader.

The 2013 Cinco de Mayo Community Luncheon and celebration at Kimball High School was another success.