Family event celebrates those who inspire students


One of the most lookedforward-to events at St. Hyacinth Academy in San Jacinto is the annual Special Person’s Day. It is a day when our students invite special people in their lives to come as guests to school and have lunch with them.

The special people are usually grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and friends whom the students hold close to their hearts. The children have an option of bringing a picnic lunch for themselves and their guests, or purchase some burgers or hot dog combo plates prepared at the event. The eighth-grade class prepares these lunches as a fundraiser for their graduation.

All throughout the afternoon, guests could purchase raffle tickets for various raffle prizes. Most were donated by our wonderful sponsors including Sea World, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, In-N-Out Burger, and Target.

Each grade also comes up with a class project. Different art pieces created by the students are assembled into art projects that are also raffled off.

A special dance presentation is given by our very own Ballet Folklorico Dance Group, led by the group’s Director, Maria Aguilera and her husband Daniel.

The Ballet Folklorico Mexican Dance Group, led by their Director Maria Aguilera, demonstrated folk dances that originated in various regions in Mexico. Aguilera said, “The St Hyacinth Academy Ballet Folklorico Mexican dance group has been a part of the school for over 13 years. They perform dances from the State of Jalisco and Veracruz, Mexico. The dance group has performed throughout the valley at various events, as well as in the outer cities. The two most distinguished events are the Hemet Christmas parades and pre show entertainment, and at the Ramona Play, which is the longest outdoor running play in California.”

Overall, our celebration of Special Person’s Day on May 3rd, 2019 is one that has brought our whole little church community together…breaking bread, sharing laughter, and conversations that go beyond just the classrooms. It is a time when the children feel as a special part of a bigger family that cares for and loves them … the same family that wants them to be the best version of themselves.

St. Hyacinth Academy opened their doors to the community in the fall of 1946. It is located at 275 S. Victoria Ave., San Jacinto CA 92583. Tel: (951) 654-2013. Web: Come check out the only Catholic school in the valley where faith, academics, and service are at the heart of the formation of the children.

Grace Lacsamana is Principal of St. Hyacinth Academy co-located with St. Anthony Catholic Church in San Jacinto. Reach her at:


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