In an effort to support continued intellectual enrichment for its students, a multicultural fundraising event will take place on Friday, November 2nd, at the La Paz campus in Mission Viejo.
“With the current tight economic times it can be challenging to raise money for our school’s programs,” says Student Teacher Parent Organization (STPO) President Josephine Afshar. “This event will welcome local merchants, dance and musical groups that expose our student body to a variety of cultures and traditions; all to generate revenue that supports and benefits our initiatives at La Paz.”
The Second Annual International Festival will include Greek, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Persian, Spanish, Scandinavian, Taiko, Salsa and the Pacific School of Ballet performances; as well as the school’s own jazz band and drama club.
Booths last year included Armenia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, India, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Macau, Persia and Zimbabwe and we anticipate that list to expand this year to provide exposure to unique cultural traditions for all of our attendees. Local merchants are invited and will offer a variety of international cuisine for purchase, as well as boutique items for early holiday shopping.
La Paz has been recognized as a model school through the California and National School to Watch and was profiled last year by the Orange County Register as one of the best schools in Orange County.
“Our faculty, staff, students and families are committed to providing an exceptional education and middle school experience for our children. This event is an example of how our teachers and parents work together for the benefit of our students, our school, and our community,” said Jean Carroll, principal of La Paz Intermediate School.
Local dignitaries are expected to attend the event that begins at the La Paz Intermediate School campus at 5:00 PM. The program will be open to the public through 8:30 PM.
Admission is only $2.00 and children 5 and under are FREE. Additional donations will be accepted and all proceeds benefit the La Paz Intermediate School STPO organization.
All local residents and their families are invited to attend. Visit our website for more information, www.saddlespace.org/LaPaz/home/cms_page/view