SBCS signs Hafa Adai pledge

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SBCS student representatives hold up their signed Hafa Adai pledges during CHamoru Day celebration in the Petrie Gym with, from left to right at back row, Guam Visitors Bureau staff Dee Hernandez, GVB vice president Mr. Robert Alvarez, and SBCS principal Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM. (Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Catholic School)
Principal Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM, and student representatives sign the Hafa Adai pledge on Mar. 25, 2019 in the school’s Petrie Gym for CHamoru Day Celebration at Santa Barbara Catholic School. (Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Catholic School)

For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

CHamoru Day Celebration at Santa Barbara Catholic School was extra special this year. Aside from a showcase of culture, song and dance, SBCS principal Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM, was joined by student representatives from 1st to 8th grade to sign the Hafa Adai pledge on Mar. 25, 2019 in the school’s Petrie Gym.

Guam Visitors Bureau vice president Mr. Robert Alvarez was on site to witness the event and also share the goals of the Hafa Adai pledge program. By taking the Hafa Adai pledge, the school joins other organizations on island in preserving and perpetuating Guam’s cultural identity.

“Our hope is to enrich school life by learning and living the CHamoru culture, and given the opportunities, what the school community learns and practices now will help preserve the CHamoru culture,” shared Mrs. Jenice Cabe, social studies department chair.