It was a celebration of family and remembrance at Edison Intermediate School on Nov. 1, as students in grades 6-8 and their world language teachers marked Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, creating a Hallway of Memories with colorful and meaningful displays.
The Day of the Dead, which largely originated in Mexico but is celebrated throughout Latin America and elsewhere, honors deceased loved ones with festivals and lively celebrations. At Edison, student-created displays, or ofrendas, blended the traditions of the holiday with traditions of their own to honor a family member who has died. Some students celebrated the life of a pet or a well-known person as well.
Seventh and eighth graders visited the ofrendas with clipboards and pens in hand.
The students “reflected on the elements and information of the ofrendas and then wrote what they like, feel, understand,” says Edison Spanish teacher Mercedes Poyntz who organized the event with fellow Spanish teacher Tara McMahon. “The students went back to class and shared their reflections.”
Students also created authentic artifacts in art classes to adorn the Hallway of Memories.