This is the 40th anniversary of Roberto Clemente Community Academy. To celebrate this anniversary the school will be highlighted in the 2014 Puerto Rican People’s Parade. Ten students at Clemente created individual posters as a contest for the official poster of this year’s parade. The posters promoted the theme of a culture of educational excellence.
Students drew inspiration from the school, community, and their Puerto Rican heritage. In second place was Giovanni Valentin winning $100. In first place was Maricella Colon’s artwork featuring
Taino symbols as well as elements important to Roberto Clemente Community Academy such as the sports teams. Maricella Colon won $200 and the honor to have her artwork featured as the official poster for the parade this year.
On Tuesday May 20, 2014 Casa Puertorriqueña hosted a reception for the student artists and their families. During the reception, the PRCC in collaboration with Clemente Community Academy revealed the Roberto Clemente Cabezudo. Cabezudos are traditional carnivale costumes that include large heads made from a paper mache like material. The students at Clemente worked with Puerto Rican artists Pedro Adorno and Sarah Arroyo to create the Cabezudo. During the parade the Clemente students will walk alongside with the Roberto ClementeCabezudo to celebrate the school’s anniversary.