Spotlight on Excellence December 2014
Burns Latino Studies Academy Hosts Star-studded Evening with Rosie Perez
Left to right, Principal Monica Brase, Burns student leaders and Griffin Dunne flank Rosie Perez.
Griffin Dunne, great grandson of Dominick F. Burns, did it again! Burns Latino Studies Academy was host to a star-filled evening with Rosie Perez on Saturday, November 22, 2014. She shared her life and tribulations and made such a powerful connection with the audience, especially the students. People were able to get their copy of Rosie’s autobiography, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life,” personally autographed.
Hartford’s Proud Drill, Drum and Dance Group
The audience was also treated to a very special performance by The Gifted Onez, and Hartford’s Proud Drill, Drum and Dance Group, Cold Groove Percussion, under the direction of Ms. Kimberly Bridges and Terry Sparks! At the end of the event, Burns students Kassandra Grant and Kiana Roberson presented Ms. Perez with a lovely rose bouquet on behalf of the school.
The event was a fundraiser for auditorium updates and this year’s student trip to Costa Rica Student Leader Summit. You can see Rosie daily on ABC’s The View and Griffin Dunne on Red Band Society. Mayor Pedro Segarra, our superintendent Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez and Councilman Joel Cruz presented Ms. Perez with a key to the city and declared it Rosie Perez Day in Hartford.
Left to right, Superintendent Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Councilman Joel Cruz, and Mayor Pedro Segarra presented Rosie Perez with the Key to the City, and Griifin Dunne and Principal Monica Brase joined them in declaring November 22nd as Rosie Perez Day in Hartford.