ONTARIO – Over 500 people gathered on the green field of Ontario Middle School on Thursday evening for Family Fiesta, a celebration of Latinx art, culture, and the end to four weeks of summer school.
Students and families endured the 102-degree heat with energizing dance performances, artwork, and ice-cold refreshments enjoyed in the shade of sun umbrellas. A stage set up in the parking lot, plus booths and art displays around the field, showed off the students’ work.
The fiesta was the first year where all five summer school sites, ranging from pre-k to high school, celebrated together, said Xochitl Fuhriman-Ebert, Ontario Summer School principal.
“The main purpose is to keep our youth engaged throughout the summer in learning and make those lifelong connections,” said Fuhriman-Ebert. “School isn’t always just sitting behind a desk and writing a paper . . .