Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Juarez Elementary Marks 50 Years, Namesake’s Birthday

digging for time capsule
Digging for the time capsule
that was never found.
Juarez Elementary students, staff, alumni and community members recently marked the school's 50th birthday, celebrating the life of the school's namesake, Benito Juarez, as well a having a community celebration ... and digging a hole to nowhere.

The school's students, staff and families March 16 learned about and celebrating the culture of Juarez, five-term President of Mexico and historic leader of that nation. Each year, the school community marks his March 21 birthday.

This year, the week began with student leaders, staff and parents digging for a time capsule, reportedly buried in 1976.

"We never located the time capsule despite alumni descriptions of where it was buried," said Principal Marceline Marques. "We dug for probably 12 hours over 3 days and nothing! So... in order to make our efforts worthwhile, the ASB decided to create timecapsule and bury it in the same place. We will be putting it together this week. We will do our best to leave word for future generations to unearth it!"

On Benito Juarez Day, March 21, alumnus “Papa” George Arroyo kicked off the day with an uplifting rap performance urging students to do their best in school. He was followed by the San Diego High Mariachi Band, under the leadership of teacher Serafin Paredes. Next, the band Afro Meztizo performed music indigenous to the area where Benito Juarez grew up.

A fiesta lunch was enjoyed by all, and following that a fun filled carnival and classic car show featuring the Road Ramblers and the Horseless Carriage Club of America took place.The Zumba booth, led by YMCA staff, was by far the most popular carnival activity.

For more information on the school, contact Principal Marques at (858) 496-8145.