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Phillips annual Fiesta de la Paz a success


On Friday, March 27 Pittsburgh Phillips held its Seventh Annual Fiesta de la Paz with more than 500 students, parents, staff, and friends participating in the event.

This yearly event was started by former principal Dr. Barbara Rudiak and the teachers with the purpose of sharing information about their 2003 trip to visit schools in Cuba. Fiesta de la Paz, or Festival of Peace, has evolved into a tradition at Phillips. The students and parents look forward to celebrating the event in the spring.

Each year, the school chooses a different Spanish-speaking country to study, culminating with an event that includes food, music, dancing, and presentations about important cultural aspects of the country being studied.

This year the school focused on Costa Rica. One of the teachers at the school, Vivian Varlotta, is a native of Costa Rica. She and her husband Michael (a Spanish teacher at Pittsburgh Perry) provided a special, comprehensive overview of the country as one of the guest presentations. Ms. Varlotta was also instrumental in the planning of the event, the food, and the decorating of the school as a rain forest.

Other presentations included the Pittsburgh Zoo's “Rain Forest Animals” and Felipe and Milla Sol providing a “History of Costa Rica.” There were children's activities, a marimba performance, a mariachi performance, a storyteller, and lots and lots of food. Parents and staff prepared the food for the event.


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