Singing, dancing and colorful costumes were on display at Bonner Elementary School's Cinco De Mayo Celebration on Tuesday.

Principal Debra Lonsberry estimated the event drew more than 300 people, packing Bonner's cafetorium. Children in Head Start through second grade performed 11 different pieces for their friends and family.

Children ran around the gym while teachers got them into costume. Vice principal Jose Graciano helped settle the children by playing guitar for them. Some of the girls wore authentic Mexican dresses, while the boys wore boots, cowboy hats and even mustaches.

"Some of these outfits, we've had them down through the years," music teacher Debbie Broughton said. "Some of the teachers have made (them)."

Broughton said this marks her 23rd year helping with the event, which is sponsored by Marvin United Methodist Church.

"The good thing is that it unifies us, and everyone is collaborating. It gives the community an opportunity to see that Bonner cares about the students, and we value diversity and cultures," Graciano said. "We have an emphasis on the academic, but at the same time, we want the children to see that they are worth it."

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