Thursday, May 14, 2015

Academia Cuauhtli Graduation

KC, Consuelo’s eldest daughter provides a quick re-cap of their recent visit to Austin as part of the closing ceremony and graduation of children in our first, fourth-grade cohort—children that are moving on this coming fall to the fifth grade in Sanchez, Metz, and Zavala Elementary Schools in east Austin.  It was a real treat having Consuelo Kickbusch present to our children and parents—first on Friday evening and then again on Saturday. She is such a gifted speaker and person. 

Among the many special moments, a very touching one was when the children surrounded Consuelo Kickbusch and dedicated to her the song, "Aguila," a beautiful, very personal song that asks the eagle to take us on its winged flight throughout the universe in order to show us the road to our own hearts. She was very moved by this choreography of love and kindness, as were all of the rest of us watching on. Thanks to Rosa Tupina Yaotonalcuauhtli and Grupo Xochipilli for the beauty and joy they brought to these children's lives—as well as to our community as a whole. 

What a truly fulfilling and gratifying way to end the year in the presence of the community and that we as a community and AISD school district have collectively cultivated in and around the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center.

It was a real team effort. Thanks to everyone in Nuestro Grupo, the community-based organization that launched Academia Cuauhtli, for making this dream come true. 

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The children are an inspiration, and their teachers,too! The genuine love and caring of our community is uplifting, as well!  

-Angela Valenzuela

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