Many Nebo schools celebrated El día de los Muertos this past week.
One example was at Payson Junior High. Mrs. Bartholomew, a Spanish teacher, taught her students about the celebration.
El día de los Muertos is celebrated in various ways in many Spanish speaking countries on November 1 and 2. Spanish and Peer Leadership classes at Payson Junior High worked together on a collaborative ofrenda. Students learned about Día de los Muertos in their Spanish classes and ESL classes. The ofrenda served as a way for students and faculty to remember their loved ones in a celebration of life.
Yunuen Carrillo and family shared their beautiful music with the student body. Students enjoyed the celebration with music, dance, candy, and traditional food like pan de muerto. Students were able to share pictures and write the names of loved ones on the ofrenda in their memory. Other students wrote stories about their loved ones and took the time to talk to each other about their loved ones that just recently passed away.
Learning about other cultures and traditions fosters understanding, it prepares students for a global world, and it helps one come to the realization that there is more than one way to do something.
“Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.” – Robert Alan
According to the World Language Standards, “The intercultural competencies are:
• investigation of cultures’ products and practices,
• understanding of cultures’ perspectives (ways of thinking), and
• interaction, bridging one’s own and the other’s culture.”
Mrs. Graciela Bartholomew said, “We are grateful to all who supported the project and provided time and means for its accomplishment.”
Congratulations to Anna Munoz for answering this week’s “Where are we Wednesday?” challenge sponsored by Wiggy Wash.
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