Part of Acceptance, a key characteristic North Bullitt teaches through our acronym SOAR, is learning how to build a community, which means creating opportunities for our North students to learn more about each other. Spanish teachers Mr. Gómez and Mrs. Moyes have been bringing Mexican culture to North Bullitt as a way to not only educate our students on a culture that is so interconnected to ours, but to promote acceptance between each and every one of our students.
We all know October 31 as Halloween, but in Mexican culture, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated. This holiday is a celebration of life and death, and can be observed anywhere between October 31 and November 6, though is most traditionally celebrated November 1 and November 2.
To celebrate, Mr. Gómez and Mrs. Moyes’ Spanish classes got the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture from an authentic source within their own student body. Marithza Marroquín Rodriguez, a junior at North, shared her experiences growing up in Mexico, including the differences in schooling and the culture shocks she experiences. Students were able to ask questions about the differences and similarities between cultures, from birthday celebrations to public transportation. As an ELL (English Language Learner) student, Marithza also got to showcase her progress in her English language proficiency while presenting to classes.
Spanish students also got to try authentic Mexican candy and learn about the traditions of the Día de los Muertos and why Mexicans choose to honor their deceased loved ones through ofrendas (offerings) and altares (altars). In groups, students chose a historical figure or celebrity to create an altar to, showcasing their deep knowledge of the deceased person and bridging their experiences with Mexican traditions. These altars were presented and displayed in the library.