This Wednesday evening, the Junior School was alive with vibrant Latin music, salsa dancing and games. The event, billed as the Latin Fiesta, gathered teachers, parents and students from the Senior and Junior schools to raise funds for a Dominican Republic orphanage and to honour the memory of a beloved SMUS parent.
Linda Sipos, who passed away suddenly last year, was a SMUS parent and volunteer library coordinator at the Junior School. Of Latin American descent, Linda had a passion for learning and books. Mrs. Diana Nason, the Junior School librarian, opened the event with a moving speech on Linda’s contributions to the school. “She was a joyful, energetic participant in the life of the library,” said Mrs. Nason, “and as I got to know her better, I realized that this was also true of her involvement in the school as a whole.” Mrs. Nason, who became good friends with Linda, also spoke of Linda’s good character and how she will be dearly missed.
As part of the festivities, Mr. Kevin Cook’s Senior School students presented a slide show of their trips to the Hope of a Child orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Senior School students have been visiting the orphanage yearly since 2005, where they volunteer on projects ranging from building maintenance and repairs to teaching English. Proceeds from the evening, which also featured a silent auction of goods donated by local stores, will go to purchase books for the orphanage, which will be delivered personally when Senior School students return to the Dominican Republic in December.