Scholars Memorialize Their Loved Ones in Spanish Class

November 3, 2014

Culture

 

Photo by Marcella Edinger Freshman Angelina Sanchez stands near the altar created in Spanish class for Dia de los Muertos

Photo by Marcella Edinger
Freshman Angelina Sanchez stands near the altar created in Spanish class for Dia de los Muertos

Every year, Project Manager Brennan Divett teaches his scholars about the holiday Dia de los Muertos by celebrating the day in his Spanish class. Scholars are required to bring Mexican food, or items that their ancestors enjoyed.

An alter is set up in the classroom, and scholars are encouraged to bring photos or artifacts of deceased loved ones.. Senior Nick Mead brought hot sauce to the celebration to honor his great uncle who was in the Navy during World War II. “He put hot sauce on everything. He would get a steak, and dump ketchup and hot sauce on it. We no longer bought him expensive steaks,” Mead said.

Students fill  the classroom with Day of the Dead decorations, and Spanish music plays while scholars enjoy the food.

Freshman Angelina Sanchez brought a softball mitt to honor her mother, who died when she was 11. “She played softball all her life. She was really good at it – she won a scholarship for it.”

Divett said he does this every year because “it’s important for scholars to understand first hand the cultural practices of Latin American countries. It’s also a time for them to remember and reflect on their ancestors.”

He said in Mexico, they celebrate the memory of their deceased loved ones, rather than mourning their loss. “It’s good for our scholars to see that and broaden their horizons.”

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One Comment on “Scholars Memorialize Their Loved Ones in Spanish Class”

  1. askmrstephenson Says:

    Nicely done in the spirit of ASK.

    MR S

    Reply

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