The morning of July 27th was, as always, one of my favorite days of the year as the Creative Expression team presented the third annual Community Values Fair.  After months of planning and working with the community, we were able to host a fun filled day of artistic activities. The annual fair is a collaborative event, meant to embody the creative expression program’s core values throughout the community.  This year our theme was Inner Strength, something that we seek to harness in each of our students.

Among the many activities this year, art teacher Samantha Dardas completed our second community mural.  The mural was made using recyclable newspapers gathered by the mothers of the Safe Passage Entrepreneurship program.  The mural’s main image boldly announced our theme to the community.

We had a wonderful line up of Guatemalan musicians, dancers, and artists participating, as well as our very own Safe Passage music students performing for their first time this year. The municipal Marimba band presented over an hour of traditional music, and received glowing reviews!  Here’s a list of a few other activities from the fair. 

  • Face painting and balloon animals hosted by our very own Ludi Club.

  • Volunteer Sam Sands managed the Library Club aka the “brains” station, stocked with checkers, chess, and logic questions.

  • Coordinators Mac Phillips and Kelsey Komich ran the games station, where kids embraced their competitive sides

    with races, water games, and the gigantic jump rope

  • Enthusiastic Volunteers ran another station with hula hoop, kites, jump ropes, and street chalking

  • An Origami station

  • Our very own Camino clowns jumped on stilts to animate the crowd all day!

We were also fortunate to have help from the newly formed Safe Passage Parents Committee.  This year they organized and managed a very generous food donation we received from Roterac to feed 600 people.

It was a fantastic day, celebrating the inner strength of the entire community, and another example of how our students overcome the threat of violence and poverty by creating a culture of peace and artistic expression. See more photos on our Facebook album here.

-Elena Chernock

Creative Expression Coordinator