■ By Jennifer Martin / Contributed
River Springs Hemet Quest TK-6 hosted a Paint and Snack Night recently with art teacher Linda Collins and local artist Barbara Rivera. Following a month of studying the magnificent art of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her many contributions to understanding aspects of mental health, empathy, and Mexican culture, families spent an evening recreating her art.
Uniting the community is a driving force of the River Springs Hemet Quest Student Center. While the community is diverse, the school works to unite it by understanding various aspects of the whole, and then celebrating its many cultures. The school honors the unique contributions of cultures in the school as students learn how to grow from the many experiences.
The budding artists captured the many nuances of Kahlo’s work including color schemes, balance, and perspectives. The works of art amazed the artists and participants alike. One student commented, “I didn’t know that my mom and I could ever create a masterpiece like this together!”
“Thank you for honoring my culture through art in a way that also brought our family together,” one participant commented.
On Feb. 5, the Hemet Quest students worked with staff to host Black History Night. Upon entering, families were handed a passport page to have stamped while engaging in a scavenger hunt of the important Black Americans who have contributed to our world.
Families visited interactive booths depicting African American musicians honored throughout the decades. The booths included musicians, athletes, inventors, and civil rights activists. One booth focused on Amistad, the famous ship of slaves where the slaves took over the ship and fought for their freedom while uniting in friendship.
Taking the time to reflect upon the cultures in our community and recognizing individual values is one of the many ways Hemet Quest embraces community. It is a welcoming environment and intentional focus upon inclusion, acknowledging that everyone belongs, that keeps Hemet Quest as a place families can all call home. At Hemet Quest, everyone is family and all belong.
Jennifer Martin is principal of Hemet River Springs Quest Student Center at 790 W. Acacia Ave. in Hemet.