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No More Tests, Alianza Lets Kids Be Kids

El Día del Niño, a traditional Mexican holiday celebrating children, came to the Watsonville charter school.

With multiple bounce houses, a climbing wall, face painting and 900 cheerful students, appeared more like a fairground than school on Monday morning.

From 9 a.m. to noon on April 30, the school celebrated its fourteenth annual Día del Niño or Children’s Day. Adapted from the traditional Mexican holiday, the day honors children through a variety of fun activities. The campus grounds host everything from organic strawberry tasting exhibits to unofficial soccer tournaments.

“It’s something they totally look forward to,” said Miriam Ban, a science teacher who set up a booth with fungus and a reptile exhibition.

The event is planned by a six-teacher committee for almost four months every year, said teacher and one of the organizers, Ana Bocanegra. This year’s event fell after two straight weeks of standardized testing.

Playing soccer with her face freshly painting, Jenny Medina, 13, said she was glad to get a break from the classroom.

“Today gives kids a chance to be kids,” she said.

Liz Torres May 04, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Kudos to Watsonville Fire Department, Santa Cruz County Sheriffs! AAA was reminding kids to buckle up and booster up! Alianza teachers, staff, and faculty put on another great day.
Tammy McCroskey May 04, 2012 at 10:24 PM
It really was a nice day! I was there at a booth for El Jardin Preschool. It was fun to see a lot of my former preschoolers who attend Alianza or WCSA! The kids were very polite and cooperative, and the organizers were very professional! Kudos to Marina Escobar for all or her work!

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