On April 13, Cathedral Academy at Pompei (CAP) students welcomed students from Holy Cross for a day of multicultural dance, play and prayer. Students from all grades performed choreographed dances, many of which incorporated African costumes and rhythms. One of the favorites of the Holy Cross students was the sixth graders’ performance of the singer Shakira’s Waka Waka song. The song was the anthem for the World Cup soccer tournament which took place in South Africa this past summer.
Students also participated in mini-Olympics, ate lunch together and attended a Mass at the end of the day. Leo Genecco, a student at Holy Cross, gave bracelets in memory of his father Paul Genecco to fourth graders at CAP. Paul Genecco died six months ago and had worked diligently to help the Guardian Angel Society provide for students at CAP.
Holy Cross students left with small gift bags of candy. Along with the opportunity to learn about other cultures and to make friends at another school, another key element of the day, as Holy Cross Principal David Wheeler reminded the students at the start of the day, was “manners, manners, manners.”