Children from Segundo Barrio’s La Fe Preparatory School (LFPS) will honor the life and legacy of Chicano Icon César E. Chávez this Friday morning (March 31, 2017) by following in his footsteps and marching for their community’s rights.
This Friday would have been the civil-rights icon’s 90th birthday.
At least 260 LFPS’ students and their teachers will march out the school’s front door at 10 a.m. and walk east on Father Rahm Avenue. They will turn south on Ochoa Street and then west on 7th Avenue. The students will then march north on Campbell Street back toward their school’s playground.
“Our students may be little children, but at their tender age they are already beginning to understand that their community needs to unite and demand their rights to a good education, a dignified home, to fair wages in a safe workplace, and to quality, affordable health care,” said Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe CEO Salvador Balcorta.
LFPS’ educators have been working closely with the school’s students to teach them about the important and groundbreaking contributions of activist heroes like César Chávez. “César would have been proud to see these little ones becoming tomorrow’s leaders. They are being taught and raised to be confident, educated, and proud voices of their community. Teaching our youth what it means to be a true activist and an informed voter is everyone’s responsibility,” Balcorta added.
After the march, the LFPS’ students will release balloons in Chavez’ memory and take part in classroom activities that focus on Chávez’ life and legacy.
The children’s march is part of the school’s observation of César Chávez and Social-Justice Month.
The LFPS is a public, dual-language immersion charter school based in the heart of El Paso’s historic Segundo Barrio. The school offers its 260-Plus students, most of whom live in this low-income community, an arts, culture, and technology-based curriculum.
What: 2017 La Fe Children’s César Chávez Day March
When: 10 a.m., Friday, March 31, 2017
Where: La Fe Preparatory School, 616 E. Father Rahm Avenue