Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 19, 2023 Pioneer Charter School of Science celebrates its annual International Day (Editor’s Note: The Pioneer Charter School of Science in Saugus issued the following press release this week.) O n May 5th, PCSS 2 in Saugus hosted its annual International Day, a night of student-led cultural activities for the whole family. The school’s art teacher, Jacqueline Tisevich, known to students as ‘Ms. Tis’ spearheaded the event. Tickets included admission and a to-go box for cultural food, with proceeds going to a school-wide fi eld trip to Canobie Lake on the last day of school. Held in the school’s gymnasium, students and their families set up booths to represent Performing a cultural dance, pictured from left to right, are Adaora Okeke, Oluwatoni Edebiri, Sandra Adetola, Toyosi Oludimu, Grace Oladoja and Tajowk Deng. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate) over 20 cultural heritages, representing places including Albania, Brazil, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to Guatemala, Uzbekistan, and Latin America. Each booth featured country-specific traditional food and a trifold with facts about the country represented. The students facilitated much of the evening independently, serving food and talking to peers about their heritage and traditions. The night included various performances from students, including dances and musical acts. Open to all in the PCSS 2 community, students, parents, and guardians mingled with faculty and other families as they learned about each other’s unique cultural backgrounds. PCSS 2 teachers and students acknowledge this TOWN MEETING | FROM PAGE 4 begin working toward a more active, vibrant and modern Students Azizbek Rakhmatov and Kynan Ramos serve up international cuisine to celebration attendees. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate) event’s importance to the school’s community. International Day is an opportunity to build relationships and foster communication about celebrating unique cultures, with the freedom to express themCliftondale Square. All the concerns of traffic, parking, pedestrian safety could have been addressed in parallel. So many people expressed many concerns about traffi c, safety, speeding, pedestrian safety and although the zoning article didn’t pass the 2/3, these issues are important enough to address them immediately, as safety always comes fi rst,” she said. Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Joe Vecchione, who has lived in Cliftondale all of his life, is the architect of the Cliftondale Square Overlay Zoning District. He presented a detailed half-hour audiovisual demonstration on the considerable numbers of studies conducted on Cliftondale revitalization over the years. Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano, Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Debra Panetta and Selectman Michael Serino selves through clothing, cuisine and performance. While the experience is entertaining for the students, it is also a time of pride, fostering increased understanding and tolerance toward others’ ways of living. also shared their views on Article 21 during the Town Meeting session. Cogliano lobbied hard in support of the zoning proposal. “I fi nd it hard to believe anyone thinks Cliftondale Square is fi ne as is,” Cogliano said in an interview. “We can’t move this town forward with backward thinkers,” he said. A ballot question suggested Selectman Serino declared that “additional apartments in Cliftondale is not the solution.” “The town is committed to improving Cliftondale Square,” Serino said. He noted in recent years that Town Meeting and selectmen cleared the purchase of two properties for potential use as parking lots. He also cited a TOWN MEETING | SEE PAGE 7

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