Our Noche Puertorriqueña was a perfect way to celebrate our roots in Puerto Rico and begin celebrating our 115th anniversary!
Celebra a Puerto Rico (Celebrate Puerto Rico) did just that. A week of activities at Robinson celebrating Puerto Rican culture through music, food, dance, art and literature culminated in last night’s festival of food and fun.
Robinson celebrated Puerto Rico like there was no tomorrow! Students, who had been practicing for weeks, performed as jibaros (rural Puerto Ricans) and Taínos dressed in folkloric Puerto Rican costumes. A student rock band performed a cover version Rafael Hernández’s classic song Lamento Borincano. Everyone gathered in the gym; they mingled and shopped from the original designs of invited local artesanos (artisans) to get a head start on holiday shopping. Traditional Puerto Rican cuisine was served, including a whole lechón (spit-roasted pig) and alcapurrias (stuffed plantain fritters). Parents even had the chance to try homemade coquito (a Puerto Rican coconut-based drink, similar to egg nog). People strolled around campus to visit Puerto Rico Then and Now, the Middle and Upper School art exhibit in the Auditorium, which was dedicated to celebrating Puerto Rican identity and culture.
First Grade performed a Plena Dance.
Second Grade sung “B de Bandera.”
Third Grade “jíbaritos” danced and sung Plena.
Fourth Grade danced Bomba.
Fifth Graders performed traditional Puerto Rican children’s games.
Sixth Grade recited poems.
Middle School’s band performed “Lamento Borincano.”
Thanks to the Robinson Spanish Department, staff and everyone who joined us, this event was a complete success! It was the perfect way to celebrate with the Robinson family before leaving for our (so well-deserved) Thanksgiving Recess! We can’t wait for next year to celebrate it again!
Our hallways were overflowing with Puerto Rican Pride, just as they have been for 115 years!
Take a look of our students performances!
Even our teachers had a chance to give the performance of a lifetime!