Charter school celebrates 15th anniversary

ROCHESTER — The Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School celebrated its 15th anniversary with a quince party.

More than 200 people attended the Sept. 27 event, which included performances from the school’s dance group, TRU Art Dance and Borinquen Dance Theatre, said Miriam Vázquez, the school’s founding principal.

The school opened in 2000 for students in grades kindergarten through second and continued to add a grade each year, according to information provided by Vázquez. Currently, the school serves 400 students in grades kindergarten through eighth, with Latinos representing 61 percent of the population and 39 percent African-American.

School officials are in the midst of an expansion plan to move the elementary grades to the former Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church campus on Joseph Avenue. The goal is to expand the school’s offering to include high-school grades in future years in the current location on Clifford Avenue near Hudson Avenue.

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