Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Party for Honduras Mission

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Party for Honduras Mission

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Students at Incarnation Catholic School recently celebrated their Eight Annual "Fiesta Encarnacion 13," a fundraiser to support the church-school's mission in Honduras.

Mary Gordon teaches Spanish at Incarnation school.

"We have the fiesta every other year," Gordon said. "The idea is to celebrate the Hispanic culture and tie in art, language and music.

"The kids love it because we just have a great time."

The cultural celebration also raises money for the Villa San Martin de Pobres Mission in Muchilena, Honduras.

Money was collected via a children's offertory and quarter raffle tickets were sold for a week before the celebration. Prizes were kid- friendly, including iTunes gift cards, toys, puzzles and sports equipment.

From a bilingual Mass to an enchilada feast, students were immersed in the Hispanic culture all day.

"My favorite part of fiesta is the food," said sixth-grader Taylor Currie. "I get to try new things."

Sophia Hebda, 12, preferred the games, "and the pinata. I love the pinata! It has all kinds of candy and stuff inside," Sophia explained.

The cafe featured a feast as well as hand-crafted art, pottery and sculptures.

Dozens of clay iguanas of the rainforest, papier mache flowers and animals, terracotta starbursts and scenic drawings were displayed throughout the dining hall.

All of the students participated and projects were assigned by grade.

"The pre-k kids performed and one played the recorder," Gordon said. "We had dancers and skits and a bell choir.

"The sixth grade team gave us a zumba lesson," she added. "Every class had an art or culture related project."

Students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade learned about Hispanic holidays and celebrations like Quinceanera (the budding of womanhood), Ano Nuevo (New Year), La Nochevuena y la Navidad (Christmas), La Semana Santa (Easter) and Dia de los Muertos (to honor deceased ancestors), as well as other holidays and cultural traditions.

Teachers and parents, Gordon said, plan the event for a year. …

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