PHOTOS — Groves Middle celebrates many cultures through favorite foods

Published 12:20 am Thursday, November 21, 2019

GROVES — The Groves Middle School English as a Second Language class held a Culture Day celebration on Tuesday.

The students brought some of their favorite foods, which represented several cultural backgrounds, for the class and visiting parents to share.

Each student gave a presentation about themselves, where they are from and what they brought.

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Angel San Juan, whose family is from Cuba, spoke to the class about his experience growing up as a bilingual student learning English.

The ELS class has 33 students and there are more than 70 enrolled in the program across the school district.

Students and parents of the ESL class at Groves Middle School listen to their fellow classmates talk about where they are from and what food they brought. (Brad Robichaux/The News)

Ibrahim Khanail, 13, is from Pakistan and tells the class he brought custard. (Brad Robichaux/The News)

Mia Moreno, 12, brought enchiladas. Moreno is originally from Mexico. (Brad Robichaux/The News)

Oscar Ceja, 14, brought chili con carne. Ceja is from Mexico. (Brad Robichaux/The News)

Kenny Nguyen, 14, brought egg rolls. He has lived in the U.S. for three years after moving from Vietnam. (Brad Robichaux/The News)

Merelin Panchame, 13, moved to the U.S. from Honduras a year ago. She brought churritos. (Brad Robichaux/The News)

Yahaira Santiago and her daughters, Coralys, 12, left, and Yarielys, right, 14, are from Puerto Rico. They brought arroz con gandules, a combination of rice, pigeon peas and pork cooked in the same pot. (Brad Robichaux/The News)

Kimberly Nobles, left, and Maureen Padilla teach the ESL class at Groves Middle School. (Brad Robichaux/The News)