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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, January 10, 2008, Page A4, Image 4

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Daisey Rodriguez, left, and Maria Aristizabal with the Three Kings Bread. ' ( 1 Photo* by Todd Luck Crjstina Curbelo performs. Kings from page A1 q spins on the celebration, but typically chil dren will leave their empty shoes under their beds tfie night before the holiday, hoping to have them filled with presents as they sleep. Grass and water are also left under beds tin honor of the camels the kings' rode. Pat Gardea, outreach coordinator at thfijruise^ urn. said that last year's Three Kings Day^cele bration brought the biggest crowd to the museum since its opening day. She said Three Kings Day is a major gift giving holiday in the American Latino community. "We do this because we know that many chil dren around the world recognize ... the Three Kings as the real gift givers," she said. "Some of these children don't ... know about Santa Claus but the Three Kings are the ones who actually bring the gifts." For reduced admission of $3 per person, families got access to the entire museum on Saturday. Kids also got face-to-face time with the the Three Kings, who posed for pictures with the children. Each child received a small teddy bear in king's attire, a star and a . candy cane from the kings. ? "We want to reach out to the entire commu nity in the spirit of the season. For many people, the season continues on to this day and we want to have everyone introduced to this tradition and invite the people who do celebrate it to celebrate it with us," Gardea said. Elsewhere in the museum^a room was set up to serve Rosea de Reyes, a crown shaped sweet bread toped with candy and cheese. The dessert is common in the Mexican celebration of Three Kings Day. Typically, .a. small figurine of the baby Jesus is baked within the bread and who ever finds the figurine is Supposed to throw a party on Feb. 2, Dia de la Candelaria. a Mexican family and* religious celebration. The Three Kings set Up at the museum also included stations where children made resolu tions to do something for themselves, their fami lies and a friend in the new year. Music was pro vided by a small band led by guitarist Cristina Curbelo. They played and sang holiday songs from^countries like Mexico and Puerto Rico. Among the many people who came to the cel ebration was Chris Payden-Travers, who held her 22-morith-old grandson, Connor McLaughlin, for a picture, with the Three Kings. She said Three Kings Day was always important in her household and she's been celebrating the holiday since early childhood. 0 "It's part of the Christmas celebration. We Javier Correa with Ana Oritz and their daughter, Dalymar. tend to think it all ends on Dec. 25, (but) for many cultures, we keep it going for twelve days," said Payden-Travers, Javier Correa and Ana Oritz came with their five-year-old daughter, Dalymar, who made New Year's resolutions that included playing more with her family and learning more in school. Ortiz said that on the day before Three Kings Day, her family typically goes out and cuts grass to plate in the shoe box under the little one's bed.. "It's pari of our culture. We are from Puerto Rico and in our country it is a big celebration," said Ortiz. Pat Gardea's husband, Ray Gardea, Joige Cherry and Bryan Chandler dressed the part of the Three Kings for the ceWfrStion. All three said they enjoyed volunteering their time to be with the kids and spread the holiday cheer. . "I'm involved because it's a good thing for kids to know and it's a tradition ... I'd like to share with the community," said Ray Gardea. The event, co-sponsored by the jjisj^wfcT League of the Triad, had many volunteers from organizations like the Junior League, Crosby Scholars, Salem Academy and the local Civitans. Maria Aristizabal was on? of those volunteers. Aristizabal is a member of the Children's' Museum outreach committee and was the 2007 chair of the Hispanic League Board. "I think it's great. I think it's just another way to "show hispanic culture, hispanic traditions and an opportunity for the Hispanic people to come and celebrate it in a different country, fyou know they're away from their own country, so they gfet an opportunity to do this down here in Winston- ' Salem," said Aristizabal. La Espiga Bakery and radio station La Preciosa 94.5 FM also helped with the event. Magnet from page A1 program. "Magnet schools are schools that are available to anyone in the district; they don't have to l>e in your zone," stated Kim Morrison, Winston-Salem / Forsyth " bounty Magnet Schools pro gram manager. "What it is designed to do is to have a ter rific program that magnetizes students from around the coun ty." ? Each magnet features its own distinct curriculum and is designed to appeal to specific interests that students may have, all the while adhering to state guidelines. "Since this is funded by the federal government, the num ber one thing that we have to do is meet the standard course jgjgr uLstudy," Morrison said. ..'Hut ? "^what they want us to do in magnet schools is to-vdo that through new and innovative programs." Philo Magnet School Director Connie Rogers can't wait for her school to adopt its new curriculum. "The world is changing; we have to keep up with it," she said, referring to her scheqTs forward-thinking theme. \ Philo's new curriculum will focus on Mandarin Chinese - which she says is the most spoken language in the world - International Business and World Culture; and Global Technology. Rogers says she believes it will prepare the students for the 21st century global econo my. "I think it will help the stu dents tq get a feel for how small the world really is," she commented. "We're just real ? \ Angell Caudill excited about this endeavor." Angell Caudill helped develop the Visual and Performing Afls curriculum at the Reynolds High School. As Director of Arts Magnet at the school, Caudill says she could n't be happier with the way things have turned out. t "It's kind of like the stars were aligned for all of this to happen," she "remarked. "It was a fabulous collaborative effort. I tell people it's one of the most enriching intellectual experiences I've ever had." Reynolds will offer pro graming for students with varying degrees of interest in the arts. "We really believe that it'll be a way to tap into multiple intelligences," she comment ed. "It makes good sense, with cognitive brain development, that's kind of cutting edge, and we think that it'll just mean greater success for all stu dents." Becoming an arts magnet seemed like the perfect fit for the school, Cgudill says. "This is a way to take everything that's been great at Reynolds for so long, since 1923 - great academics, great history in the arts - add to it, develop it, and create success for the 21st century," she remarked. "That's really what we're trying to do; we're try ing to make it a better experi ence for more students by using our strengths and honing our skills." The curriculum at Hanes will also help students to be better prepared for the work place of tomorrow, says Principal Joe Childers. "Our magnet theme is math, science and pre-engi neering," he explained. "The whole point behind it is that with this country experiencing a huge shortage of mathemati cians, scientists, engineers, to try to enconrage children to think seriously about these areas as possible future careers." _ The school will feed into the curriculum at Atkins High School, he added, so that stu dents, if they choose, can con tinfie their educatjons there once they leave middle school. "You're just trying to offer them a many things as possi ble, so that hopefully, they can find something that sparks their interest." he said.' "Who knows? It might lead to a future career." ' Saturday's Magnet School Enrollment Fair will be from 10 a m*, to noon at the Marriott Hotel downtown The school system will receive magnet school applications until 4:30 ? p.m. on Thursday, Jan. .11. Applications^ are available at all schools and at the Administrative Center, 1605 Miller Street in ^Winston Salem. Parents also can apply at wsfcsmagnets.net. Voting Coalition Wants you! SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE - ___ ? "tj ? " The Voting Rights Coalition, a non-partisan community group, needs help as it prepares for a "Get Out the Vote" effort for this year's November elections. * ?'*' ? ? Lii nAMtmiini I he coamion, ncaucu uj luiiuuuur ty activist Linda Sutton, will meet tonight (Jan/ 10) at 6 p.m. at the Winston Mutual Building, 122S E. 5th St., to plan, strategize and organize. The public and anyone interested in volunteering with the voting effort are welcome. "If you care aboiy the future of your children, your grandchildren and your community, then this is one opportunity for you to get involved in helping to secure that future by taking power into yourjhands and unleashing your political weight," Sutton said. The coalition will work to register ' ~ Rk Photo voters and then make a push to get vot Linda Sutton has long pushed for voters' rights. ers to the polls, both for the primary and the fall General Election, which this year will feature contests for president, governor and lieutenant governor, among others. "Failing to register and vote is not only a betrayal of ourselves and a betrayal of our own rights, but also a betrayal of the heroic voting rights marchers who lost their lives," said Sutton. "We should be marching into the voting booths just as courageously as those who marched then." Thfre are many opportunities for people to get involved, the coalition says, even from the com forts of their own homes and without spending money or devoting large blocks of time. For more information, call Sutton at 336.-72^-941 1 . SHELTONS 1 Auto Service Center ^ , Discount Aulo Service & Repairs ? 50% OFF All City-Wide Towing ? NC Inspections ? Lubicat ion/Oil/Oil Filter $19.95 ? With 5 qts of None Blended Oils ? FREE Antifreeze Testing ? FREE Check Engine Light Scanning ? FREE Brake Inspection with Oil Change ? FREE Brake Inspection with Tire Rotation 3000 Ivy Ave. ? Winston-Salem, NC 27105 Phone (336) 725-6665 Major & Minor Repairs a , .v uctj es faith SOCCer black achievers ^ vernment after school family n incess program national farm' ? 4 ?' ? ,->m pmmunity development BdVGfl y It's fine to join the YMCA because you ate too much over the holidays. Just remember there are even better reasons. And on January 10th, just $10 gets you moving. Yes, we trust you have plenty of good reasons to join the YMCA. Like ^you're ready to improve your health ? spirit, mind and body. And you value how the YMCA makes our community healthier and happier in so many places. But we know sometimes the pinch from your "ouch-these are-tight" pants ? as well as the pinch from your wallet? makes you act faster than anything. So for the month of January, we're only charging the date of the day you join as your new member joining fee. Just consider it a little extra incentive to dtfthe right thing. Then come to the YMCA and lose a little while you gain a lot YMCA or NORTHWIST NORTH CAROUNA AUnited Way Agency Find any branch online at www.ymcanwnc.org ? Financial assistance available '<? . coach approach health education camphanes morning of; o J

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