Geovanha Pinheiro walks down the student-filled halls at St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School for a surprise celebration Wednesday. Staff and students held a celebration for Pinheiro, a school custodian who passed her U.S. citizenship test the day before. Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times
HYANNIS – When Geovanha Pinheiro walked into the gymnasium to begin her shift at St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School on Wednesday, students were there waiting for her.
Having passed her U.S. citizenship test the day before, Pinheiro, a 43-year-old native of Brazil, was greeted with cheers and clapping from students lined up along the walls.
Students dressed in red, white and blue. Some waved American flags. All of them cheered and called her name as she circled the gymnasium.
“Miss G, Miss G, Miss G,” they shouted.
Pinheiro put her hands to her masked face, surprised at the turnout. She raised her arm, pointing heavenward as she walked around the gym, waving to the kids.