OK, forget self-indulgence; this blog has now officially crossed into the territory of shameless self-promotion. Well, maybe not self-promotion, exactly, but promoting something that is very dear to my heart and very important to me.

My daughter is currently attending pre-K at a wonderful new charter school. Morris Jeff Community School is the only elementary school in the area that is pursuing accreditation for an International Baccalaureate curriculum. In the past year, Ruby has learned a lot of words in several African languages as well as American Sign Language, along with becoming proficient in Spanish. She has studied math, phonics, animals, the five senses, the differences between wants and needs, modes of transportation, simple machines and communities. She has taken a lot of field trips and created two major projects to cap off units of study. She has art, music and Spanish every single day. And she’s done all of this in an incredibly diverse environment that mirrors the racial makeup of our city. I am so proud to be a part of this school and so excited to see where it goes over the next few years.

But in order for Morris Jeff to be able to grow and expand and serve as many kids as possible, we need to raise funds. We’ve had bake sales and book sales and a big gala – and this weekend is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year: the Feria de Primavera.

The Feria will be held this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Grace United Methodist Church at the corner of Canal and Jeff Davis. The fair itself is free and open to the public, although food, drinks, T-shirts, games and student artwork will be for sale.

There will be pre-K students performing the “Chocolate” song in Spanish while dressed as Hershey Kisses, which is so cute I can hardly stand it. There will be a bounce house and a cakewalk. There will even be sangria and massages, which sounds to me like a great combination for an early Mother’s Day present.

So please, if you’re in the area or you’d like to learn more about MJCS, stop by.