Patterson Park Public Charter School Hosts Liberty Celebration

October, 2016
Submitted by: Deborah Mattera, Patterson Park Public Charter School 
 
Patterson students wearing traditional Mexican clothing The Patterson Park Public Charter School (PPPCS) community celebrated Mexican and Central American Independence Day with its annual Liberty Celebration.
 
The event is coordinated by the school, Mis Raices (the education and support group for Latino families at PPPCS), and HOPPP (the parent organization at PPPCS). Mis Raices decorated the school cafeteria with flags, piñatas, and balloons & streamers in national colors. The group sold hand knit ponchos and handmade piñatas to raise funds for the organization. Families brought traditional food to share, including empanadas, homemade tortillas, tripe stew, arroz con leche (rice pudding), and beet juice.  Parents and students wore traditional dress from the countries of their heritage. After signing the national anthems of the Central American countries and Mexico, families joined in some traditional dancing.

The mission of Patterson Park Public Charter School is to provide a community-centered learning environment that values diversity and embraces a whole child approach to develop well-educated citizens.

 Patterson families taking food from buffet of traditional foods  Patterson community member holding poncho  Patterson families dancing
 
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