Martha’s Vineyard High School celebrates Brazil Day

MVRHS teacher Elaine Weintraub (third from left) with the students who organized the event. (From left) Rodrigo Honorato, Ohana Oliveira, Sarah Inocencio, Cristiane Ramos, and Patrick Nascimento. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School cafeteria took on the flavor of Rio on Thursday, Dec. 20. The occasion was the annual Brazilian-American Friendship lunch.

The event, begun in 2010 as an outreach from the Brazilian history and culture class to the student body, is now an annual fixture.

“The purpose of the lunch was to showcase the Brazilian culture and cuisine and to build relationships and create community within the school and to work on creating a dialog between students,” Elaine Cawley Weintraub, history department chairman, said. “The program has grown from its tentative beginnings to being one of the exciting events at the school.”

The school’s Brazilian students each invite one of their counterparts from the student body to share food, music, and conversation. The lunch has become so popular that students plead for invitations.

The One World Club hosted the December 20 lunch. The organizing committee included Ohana Oliveira, Sarah Innocencio, Cristiane Ramos, Rodrigo Honoratio, Doug Andrade, and Patryck Nascimento.

The guests ate chicken, rice and beans, and salpicao, followed by chocolate and coconut cake, accompanied by the soulful singing of Sarah Innocencio.

“A great day was enjoyed, together helping to build peace and tolerance in our world,” Ms. Weintraub said.