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Costa Rica Week at St. Pius X School

Inspired by a trip St. Pius X Librarian Ms. Iten took to Costa Rica this summer, students had the opportunity to experience "pura vida" (pronounced poo-rah vee-dah). Simply translated it means "simple life" or "pure life," and it's the motto for the Costa Rican way of life. 

Students learned about Costa Rica in their classes in various ways including reading and discussing books, finding Costa Rica on a map, exploring its flag, volcanoes, rainforests, plants, animals, oceans, government and more. The school also celebrated two activity days:

Wednesday, October 11:

Free Costa Rica Dress: Students wore something tropical, rainforest-themed, or red, white and blue (the colors of Costa Rica's flag).

Taste of Costa Rica: Students tasted gallo pinto, fried plantains, and corn tortillas. The name gallo pinto literally means "spotted rooster" because the beans look like "spots" against the rice. It is a traditional meal of Costa Rica and is eaten at almost every meal, especially breakfast.  Here's a one minute video on how traditional gallo pinto is made. 

Wednesday, October 18th:

Costa Rica Assembly at 1:45pm: All students gathered in the gym for a 4th grade dance performance, Middle School Spanish students lead a song, and Ms. Iten shared a presentation of her trip. 

Ms. Iten's trip was funded through an education grant. It's inspired her decoration of the library this year as the rainforest.