Maria Cruz wanted share part of her culture with her daughter’s classmates. Mrs. Cruz, who is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, prepared on Wednesday a special lunch for students of enchiladas, beans, and rice. Her daughter is Sophia Becerra, A’22.

Maria Cruz leads Duchesne Food Program staff in making enchiladas, rice, and beans, on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Maria Cruz leads Duchesne Food Program staff in making enchiladas, rice, and beans, on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

The meal was part of Duchesne’s recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Cruz was excited to celebrate introduce some teens to a new culture through food.

“It represents what we do, what we like, our culture, our food, our traditions, our language,” she said.

Jacqui Caniglia, Duchesne Food Program Manager, was eager to welcome Mrs. Cruz to the kitchen.

“The best part of being down here is when we have our community come in to cook and serve with us,” Caniglia said.

Students were excited to try the authentic food and Mrs. Cruz was happy to serve students and teachers.

“I love Duchesne. I love how they work together, the students with the teachers, and overall they care about each other.”

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