“A sizable group of Carlsbad Village Academy (CVA) students enjoyed an exclusive tour of the intriguing Carlsbad Barrio Museum on Roosevelt Street and Walnut Avenue on May 4, 2011. They were escorted to the Museum by CVA staff Rick Nieves, Barbara Ramos and Julie Redfield.
Upon arrival, Ofie Escobedo, co-founder of the Museum, led students through the treasure trove of displays, photos and letters. She inspired them with stories from the past and answered their many thoughtful questions.
The event enabled CVA students of Hispanic heritage to connect with some of the earliest residents of Carlsbad, many of whose ancestors continue to live in the Barrio area and keep the culture alive. Some of the students noted their familial relationship to these longtime Carlsbad families.
Student Services Specialist Rosemary Eshelman believes the tour was successful on many levels. She notes, ‘Connecting to their culture and understanding their place in Carlsbad history can help keep our youth focused on continuing their education and contributing to the community that their predecessors helped create.'”