Last week, Nardin Lower School and Middle School collaborated as a community to learn about the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) and join together in prayer.
For the Day of the Dead Altar Project, Señora Udagawa-Lougen and Señora Coriale's Spanish classes studied the cultural aspects of the Day of the Dead celebration, which takes place on October 31-November 2 in México, parts of Central America and the United States.
The final project was the creation of an altar with ofrendas, an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebration, for the deceased. Spanish classes in grades 4 - 8 participated with crafts and prayers. Many students brought in pictures of their loved ones.
In addition, students made paper flowers, papel picado (cut paper), marshmallow sugar skulls, skeleton books with information on the holiday, and skeleton balloons.
Señora Siepel's 2nd and 3rd grade students stopped by the altar to both pray the Hail Mary and offer prayers for those who have passed away in their families.
This was a wonderful community project in our Elementary school!