On Thursday March 19th Convivio de Familias Latinas brought many families, schools and students together for an evening of fun and celebrations at Edison High School. Families enjoyed traditional dances, songs, games/crafts and food. Northeast Middle School Students from the Everyday Leaders afterschool program led a cake walk and bingo activity for younger children! Folk Dances from Jalisco, Mexico, and from Ecuador; student artwork, and student chorus, Dancers from Pillsbury and Sheridan dressed in traditional outfits and two of Edison's students sang solos Mariachi and Selena songs (Maria Del Carmen Ferrusquia, "Tu Solo Tu" and Gysel Zangano Alvillar "Will you still love me tomorrow"). Freddy Yungasaca Curillo kept the music "alive" by deejaying this event and everyone had a chance to dance.
Briana McPhee, Cultural Facilitator from the MPS Office of Student, Family, and Community Engagement organized this event with the Northeast Minneapolis Public Schools: Northeast, Edison, Marcy, Pillsbury, Sheridan, Waite Park, and Webster. Representatives from all of the Northeast Minneapolis Public Schools along with school board members Jenny Arneson and Kim Elis joined in the celebration.