August 2, 2021

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Through Education Matters

Former trade pupil returns to Chelsea 50 many years later on

The Chelsea Substantial School Course of 1971 held their 50th superior faculty reunion above the weekend and a familiar deal with joined them from much away. 

Alba Lucia Pelaez arrived to Chelsea Superior Faculty from Colombia as a foreign trade student for 18 months thanks to a scholarship from the Civitan Club. 

When she 1st arrived, she spoke no English and spent time discovering the language and lifestyle, and in the slide of 1971, commenced having her classes to graduate with a diploma. 

“It was a fantastic encounter,” Pelaez remembers. “When I went back again to Colombia, I was happy to say that I graduated in the U.S. It was a really distinctive possibility. This was my initial excursion back again to Chelsea in 50 many years. I have not been back again given that I graduated.”

Her daughter designed the journey with her and was happy she did and was proud of what her mother did all these decades back. 

While so a lot time had passed, Pelaez explained she and her friends even now love each and every other just after 50 yrs and said quite a few of the girls had been like sisters to her. 

“These women, I spent a lot of weekends in their homes,” she stated. “It was a stunning memory that I never dropped.”

Ruth Hartley, a member of the course of 1971 reported Pelaez came into their class a couple months just after she uncovered English. 

“She started out in the drop of 1971 and graduated in 1972, but we claimed her,” Hartley claimed.  

Around the reunion weekend, some of the customers of both lessons fulfilled at Lloyd’s cafe on Friday evening for a shock welcome bash for Pelaez. Saturday, the reunion was held at the Weldon Pavilion at the Chelsea Sports activities Complex. 

For the duration of her go to, Pelaez stayed with her former classmate Terry Foote. Many of the females got alongside one another there and had a cooking lesson on making her well-known carrot cake. 

“Alba is very properly acknowledged in Bogota for her carrot cake,” Hartley reported. “It’s a recipe she took from here and perfected it in a Colombian perception. She taught us how to make it.” 

On Tuesday, Pelaez headed again to her residence in Pereira, Colombia, but claimed her check out was a blessing. 

I have actually appreciated [Chelsea] as a single of the most effective locations that I appreciate,” she explained. “I’m going to try to arrive back again subsequent year so we can make the celebration of the class of 1972.”