Submitted by: Deborah Mattera, Patterson Park Public Charter School
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.