Our Family Photo Day and Cultural Celebration was a lot of fun. Our families have roots in many cultures, and they brought flags, artwork, and artifacts to share. Among the countries represented are: The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Trinidad, Costa Rica, Portugal, Mongolia, Italy, Ghana, Jamaica, and, of course, The United States! In the classroom and at home, children made drawings to represent their family’s culture.
Some foods beloved by our families are rice and beans, sushi, mac and cheese, mofongo (fried green plantains that are mashed with garlic and pork cracklins and shaped into a cup), tacos, chicken, plantains, tamales, posole, arroz con leche, arroz habichuelas (rice and beans), patelitos (savory turnovers), eggs and rice with black beans, burgers, pizza, pasta, quesadillas, mangú (different versions from different families but…mashed plantains, pickled red onions, salami, cheese, egg…), frito (fried fish or cheese or milk), sancocho (Caribbean beef stew), pernil (Puerto Rican pork shoulder), white rice, red beans and aquacate (avocado).
Many families mentioned their love of music and dancing, including merengue and bachata. Getting together with family to share food and music is a high point for our families. We hope we can share food once again during our Cultural Day next year. In the photos from Family Picture Day, the outstanding feature is how much our families love their children, surrounding them with their strength and affection. Thank you, families for coming and sharing.
Enjoy the Highlights of Family Photo Day and Cultural Celebration video below. Videos for each classroom on the Classroom Pages will show more of the artwork from the children.