What Happened in My Neighborhood

Text and photos by Caridad

HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 1 – So that children could go back to school with a sense of having had a great summer, several activities were organized throughout the neighborhoods of Havana over the weekend.

The kids of Cojimar enjoy their summer’s end.
The kids of Cojimar enjoy their summer’s end.

In a children’s park in the Cojimar area, just about all the neighborhood kids came together – along with workers from INDER (the national sports institute).  They filled Saturday morning with laughs, screams and games in what are called “traditional contests”: sack races, jump roping, obstacle courses and rope-pulling tournaments.

The park’s play equipment also served for all kinds of competitions that allowed children to break a sweat and have a good time in a spirit of competition and companionship so necessary at that age.

Not to be missed was a fashion show organized with complete professionalism by four teens from a nearby apartment building, as well as the distribution of magazines, pencils, candies and sweets to conclude summer vacation.

The last weekend before the new school year.
The last weekend before the new school year.

This time the children of Cojimar did not dance to the rhythm of aggressive music -as in other activities- instead, they shared in games and made new friends.

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