Operation Pedro Pan Comes to Life for Seventh Grade Students
Mr. Chenet's seventh grade English class read "90 Miles to Havana," by Enrique Flores-Galbis, a historical fiction novel about three boys sent to Miami from Cuba as part of Operation Pedro Pan. This account came to life for students when they heard from five Cuban immigrants who came to this country through Operation Pedro Pan. The guests shared their memories and stories of being among the 14,000 Cuban children that came to the USA between 1960 and 1962, without their parents, to escape Castro's Communist regime.
Pedro Pan was an agreement between the U.S. State Department and Catholic Charities of Miami to grant special visa waivers for children to come safely to the U.S. and eventually be reunited with their parents and family members.
The special guest speakers were: Elsa Salvador, grandmother to Isabella Sierra '24; Zadyee "Nesi" Cuervo, grandmother to Julian Cuervo '24; Mari Villa, Fernando Hernandez, and Juanita Garcia. Their parents made heartbreaking decisions to send their children to safety, not knowing when they would see one another again. What courage and strength it must have taken. Thank you for sharing your stories!