2011 was an anniversary year for our organization as we celebrated 25 years of bilingual education success. The year long anniversary kicked off on April 14, 2011 with a Chairman's Breakfast hosted by Dennis Davison, CentroNía’s Board Chair. During the event, we showcased 25 years of bilingual education in a multicultural environment.
- A follow up event was the Community Festival organized at the parking lot of our Headquarters. The event which was free and open to the public had interesting activities such as a petting zoo, moon bounces, face painting, cooking demonstrations, performances by children in early childhood, DC Bilingual and Studio ROCKS, art vendors and food trucks, to name a few. Click to view pictures.
- September 24, 2011 – CentroNía hosted "Learning and Growing through Healthy Habits" nutrition conference.The conference assembled experts, educators, chefs, parents, and all whose work focuses on the impo rtance of nutrition and healthy living for kids. This conference brought together families, teachers, and healthcare experts for a full day of educational sessions and fun workshops presented by 10 expert speakers who conducted sessions on how to incorporate wellness and nutrition in a fun and easy way inside classrooms and at home; ways to encourage students to use their imagination towards healthy ends through play and physical activity; the benefits of parents and children reading together about healthy habits. In February 2011, CentroNía’s DC Bilingual Public Charter School received the Gold Award with Distinction from the USDA, the highest distinction for the “HealthierUS School Challenge."
- December 3, 2011– 25th Birthday Bash – a celebration of twenty five years of successfully educating children, youth and families. In addition to paying tribute to the successes of CentroNía’s children, families and our sponsors, the evening was filled with lively toasts to honor our founder, Beatriz “BB” Otero. BB’s vision and dedication shaped CentroNía into an organization that educates and guides more than 2,500 children and families across Washington, DC and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland. Check out pictures of our 25th anniversary here.