In preparation for their trip, the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Spanish classes spent a week learning about Costa Rican customs and culture. They learned about different types of foods and sayings from Costa Rica before attending their luncheon. The students also spent time in class learning proper dining etiquette and reviewing appropriate table manners.
When the students arrived at the restaurant, they were greeted by the restaurant’s owner, Alvaro Nogera, with Costa Rican flags and traditional hats from Costa Rica. As the students entered the restaurant, they were serenaded by Nogera to the tune of “Cielito Lindo”. The students were encouraged to sing along and enjoyed the live performance. A short Spanish lesson followed, as well as a presentation from Nogera about Costa Rican currency and culture.
Señor Schroer wanted his students to experience authentic Costa Rican food just like the food his family use to prepare for him. His students had the opportunity to experience the taste of Gallo Pinto, Papas Fritas, and Pollo a la Parilla, and for a vast majority of the students, it was their first time trying Costa Rican cuisine. Meece Middle School would like to thank Alvaro Nogera and his staff at Pura Vida for making this an enjoyable experience for our students.