By CHERIL VERNON
A community-wide Cinco de Mayo Celebration is in the works for Friday featuring Mariachi bands, folk dancers and performances from local students.
The Cinco de Mayo celebration will start at 5 p.m. Friday at Palestine High School’s new cafeteria area with Mexican food available for purchase. Performances from Mariachi bands, folk dancers and Palestine High School, Story School and Washington Early Childhood Learning Center students are planned.
“I think it’s a good, cultural experience, fun for everybody, fun for all ages,” PHS Spanish Club sponsor and teacher Luis Girón said. “It’s a chance to get together as a community to celebrate with good food and good music, show off the cultural diversity and watch the kids perform.”
The PHS Spanish Club and Spanish Department will help serve food during the event.
Food items will include all kinds of tamales, pupusas (tortillas with pork and cheese), nachos, snow cones and more.
“We will have all sorts of things for the kids to eat,” Girón said.
There also will be games for the kids and face painting.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Washington Early Childhood Center for the purchase of supplies and anything else the teachers need.
Multiple Palestine Independent School District campuses are working together on the event. For more information, contact Principal Rhonda Herrington or Ibet Carisales or Eva Roman at Washington Early Childhood Center at 903-731-8030; Principal William Stewart, Carolina Dominguez, head of the PHS Spanish Department or Luis Girón, Spanish Club sponsor at Palestine High School at 903-731-8005; or Carolina Luna at Story Intermediate School at 903-731-8015.