Celebrating Día de los Muertos

In Spanish class, students have been busy creating components of an altar for Día de los Muertos. Observed mainly in Mexico, but also in other parts of Central and South America, it is meant to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died, rather than mourn their passing. Altars are commonly created in homes and tend to include candles, pictures, and offerings of food, toys, and gifts.

Brookwood's altar, which is now on display in the Library, was a team effort: 2nd graders created Calavera skeletons; 3rd graders made skull magnets; 4th graders made Guatemalan worry dolls; 5th graders designed butterflies; 6th graders made Mexican tin ornaments; 7th graders decorated votive candles; and 8th graders wrote about the lives of famous latino figures. 

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