Celebrating July 4 with Friends from Spain

A couple of CJ students reunited with their correspondants from Spain this July 4 and celebrated America’s birthday with the friends they first encountered overseas during the second semester of the 2011-12 school year.

Since rendezvousing  with pen pals on their nine-day trip to Madrid in March 2012, soon-to-be seniors Maria Chabali and Maria Wade have brushed up on their Spanish and are now returning the hospitality this summer to three students from Colegio Santa Ana y San Rafael, a Marianist sister school located in the country’s capital city.

CJ families introduced the Spaniards to the unique and fun American holiday traditions associated with the Fourth of July, punctuating their three-week student exchange experience with a bang on Wednesday. But before the fireworks got started, guests Claudia B., Laura F., and Laura M. had a blast Monday, July 2 touring CJ's campus and meeting students in Peg Regan's summer Honors Spanish 4 class. In the Food Lab, the girls prepared a patriotic dessert for their host families using blueberries, strawberries and whipped topping.

According to Regan, Spanish teacher and foreign languages department chair, the CJ summer Honors Spanish 4 students will take a short mid-week break in observance of Independence Day and reconvene with the two Marias and their three guests Friday to help lead a sight-seeing tour of Dayton. 

Regan has offered an annual trip to Spain for CJ students since the early 1980’s, and began teaching summer Spanish in 2007 in order to make the course available to those with scheduling conflicts. She said she looks forward to giving their visitors a taste of American interpretations of Spanish cuisine at the 2nd Street Market downtown during their tour of the city.