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ESD Students Celebrate Día de los Muertos and Create School-Wide Ofrenda

Last week, students at The Episcopal School of Dallas celebrated Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Día de los Muertos is a holiday that celebrates and remembers loved ones who have passed away. This holiday is celebrated November 1-2 and marks the one time a year that loved ones can cross over to the land of the living. Families create ofrendas, or altars, containing pictures, food offerings, and flowers (usually marigolds) to remember their loved ones.

Students across all three divisions celebrated the holiday throughout the school. Lower School friends learned about the holiday in several different classes. They sampled some Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead), created their own calaveras in art, and learned some of the holiday's history before visiting their work in the ofrendas across campus.

Middle School students created an ofrenda in remembrance of notable Latinx figures as part of a lesson on Spanish history. Seventh-grade Spanish, Sculpture, 2D Art, and Theatre classes worked hard on a collaboration of Mexican ghost stories presented in the Black Box theater. 

Upper School Spanish also contributed to the ofrenda and decorated with traditional calaveras (sugar skulls), food offerings, and pictures on display in the Study Commons. Students read articles, watched videos, and discussed the celebration in classes.

"This is the first of many projects that will be coming together as one campus. You can see the work from every single division on display, and I'm extremely proud of that," Marcela Garcini, Upper School Spanish Teacher, said. 

ESD is proud to create an environment where students can explore other cultures through real-world learning experiences and activities. Special thank you to Señora Garcini, all divisional Spanish teachers, and Giselle Montagna P '22 for their work in organizing and decorating.

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Monday, November 4, 2019