Every year the community of Benito Juarez Elementary honors the school's namesake with a day long celebration that includes cultural performances, a fiesta lunch, and a carnival! In the last few years the school has also put on a car show!
Students are reminded of the legacy of Benito Juarez, a contemporary and friendly correspondent with US President Abraham Lincoln. A Zapotec indian, President Juarez had humble beginnings. He valued education and with perseverance became an attorney and eventually the most famous president of Mexico. His motto: "Al respecto derecho, ajeno es la paz... Respecting the rights of others is peace..." is reinforced with our students daily. With support from the community, Benito Juarez Day has become a much enjoyed annual event!
Benito Juarez Elementary was dedicated in the fall of 1962. Last year we celebrated our 50 year jubilee!
2012's celebration included an opening with alum Georgie Arroyo, who sang, rapped, and reminded students that learning is important for success! We also enjoyed a cultural music presentation from Saul Cruz and the Grupo Afro Meztizo, which gave students opportunity to dance and perform. Students also listened to a motivational talk from one of the group's members who has vision and speech impairments, and plays the harp most beautifully! Our fiesta lunch was delicious, and the school wide carnival was enjoyed by students and parents alike. Local car clubs including the Road Ramblers, and the Horseless Carriage Club of America treated our community to a car show that grows larger each year! Our Partners In Education from Mission Federal Credit Union manned the ticket booth and provided the grand prizes for the raffle: 2 new bicycles! Thank you to all of the other volunteers, supporters, and participants including AMC Movie Theatres, Boomer's Kearny Mesa, Costco Fenton Parkway, Daphne's Greek Restaurant, Domino's Pizza, McDonald's Murphy Canyon, Mimi's Cafe Mission Valley, YMCA Mission Valley, and YMCA PrimeTime!
View photos of the 2012 Benito Juarez Day celebration!