On May 4th, 2012, Porter Ridge High Spanish students were treated to an array of Mexican art, crafts, music, dance, and a great speaker that explained the true meaning of the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Puebla, Mexico.
Senora Elba Rosa Gutierrez, of Michoacan, Mexico, like many other of our forefathers came to seek better fortune in "America" as she lovingly refers to USA.
Dona Elba has brought to PRHS her Cielito Lindo Mexican Dance Group for 5 years to celebrate both the Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo. This time she just spoke about Cinco de Mayo and America's involvement in rejecting the invasion of the French in 1862, then she spoke of her responsibility to contribute and share of her culture.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave illegals residing in the USA an Armistice giving them a chance to become US citizens. She embraced this opportunity and speaks passionately about voting alngside her two older daughters.
Sra. Elba Gutierrez accompanied Mr. Conrad in his classroom sharing with his students authentic chicken tamales along with a few songs mariachi style. She played La Bamba, Cielito Lindo, De Colores, and other tunes that came from their revolutions for independence. She lives in Monroe now for some 20 years along with three daughters who also contribute to the community with dance, song and generous hospitality.