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Poland Spanish Club members celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead holiday

Oct. 30, 2018




Student wearing red white and black face paint for a day of the dead festival


Poland Central School District seventh-grader Brendan Parow poses during the Poland Spanish Club’s Day of the Dead festival on Tuesday, Oct. 30, after having his face painted by Poland art teacher Emily Dusart.





POLAND – Poland Central School District Spanish Club members recently participated in a Day of the Dead festival as an entertaining way to learn about the Mexican holiday.

 

Poland Spanish teacher and Spanish Club advisor Hilary Gibbons makes sure students have a hands-on experience that engages them in the subject.

 

“By the time they leave my classroom, they’re covered with glue, glitter, ink or face paint,” she said.

 

The Spanish Club’s Day of the Dead festival took place on Tuesday, Oct. 30, after school.

 

“The kids really enjoy it,” Gibbons said. “It expands what they were learning from the classroom, and they have some more time to do fun things and celebrate the holiday.”

 

Studying the Day of the Dead allows students to learn about another country’s culture, compare the holiday with American behaviors and reflect on the loss of their own loved ones, Gibbons said.

 

The Day of the Dead dates back to the Aztecs and is based on beliefs that loved ones spiritually return once per year. Day of the Dead celebrations typically include singing, dancing, eating, wearing costumes and participating in festivals, while reflecting on deceased relatives.

 

The Poland Spanish Club’s Day of the Dead festival featured various arts and crafts, students having their faces painted by Poland art teacher Emily Dusart and a viewing of “The Book of Life,” a computer-animated film that relates to the Day of the Dead.

 

 

 

Two students at a desk doing crafts


From left, Poland Central School District seventh-graders Raegan Seymour and Emily Satterlee make thumbprint signs during the Poland Spanish Club’s Day of the Dead festival on Tuesday, Oct. 30.


 

Two students posing while doing crafts


From left, Poland Central School District eighth-graders Gavin Krauchiunas and Jerry Almas work on arts and crafts during the Spanish Club’s Day of the Dead festival on Tuesday, Oct. 30.


 

Two students doing crafts on a desk covered with black and purple construction paper


From left, Poland Central School District eighth-graders Seth Walther and Gage Smith work on arts and crafts during the Spanish Club’s Day of the Dead festival on Tuesday, Oct. 30.


 

Multiple students working on crafts using glue, glitter and more in Spanish classroom


From left, Poland Central School District Spanish Club members work on arts and crafts during their Day of the Dead festival on Tuesday, Oct. 30. In back: junior Kirstyn Kasprzyk, who is the Spanish Club treasurer. In front of her: eighth-graders Morgan Potter (left) and Catalina Batista.


 

Two students using markers to color in skull images during day of the dead festival


From left, Poland Central School District exchange student Gabe Paiu-Castro, from Brazil, and freshman Gabrielle Ross work on arts and crafts during the Spanish Club’s Day of the Dead festival on Tuesday, Oct. 30.


                              

Three students using multi-color tissue paper for crafts


From left, Poland Central School District seventh-graders Luke Malin, Logan Fullem and Jason Victor work on arts and crafts during the Spanish Club’s Day of the Dead festival on Tuesday, Oct. 30.