Fiesta of the Senses at Spanish Market Day

The marketplace bustled with activity

Spanish Market Day was a fiesta of the senses at the high school with aroma and tastes of flavorful foods and students dancing in authentic colorful dress. Shouts of “Come and buy your Dorilocos!” invited people to try snack chips smothered in hot sauce, veggies and meat.

Students lined up to buy the goodies.

Representing Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Spain, middle and high school Spanish Club members celebrated the countries their families are from by selling authentic cuisines, beverages, jewelry and offering face painting.

Eighth-grader Samantha Reyes and her grandmother, Sulma Cruz, sell rice and beans, Puerto Rican staples

The clubs joined efforts to raise money for the Fred Solis Scholarship, awarded each year to a senior, by selling authentic food, jewelry and other items in the media center. The event was funded through a Godfrey-Lee Education Foundation grant for decorations and goods, with students bringing in much of the materials themselves, said teacher Rosana Tocco.

Solis was a district Spanish teacher who died in 2011.

Senior Giselle Romero, president of the high school Spanish Club, said Market Day is a great way for students to celebrate their heritage. She brought in beverages including hibiscus tea and lime water to represent Mexico.

“Our school is very diverse,” she said. “This little market brings people’s backgrounds together through all the stuff that we have, like different foods and ways of doing things. That brings us closer together.”

Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio

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