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A Colorful Cultural Study at Seaford Middle School

Creating cultural connections is an important component of world language classes at Seaford Middle School. Under the direction of teacher Danyi Hamilton, students in seventh grade Spanish classes created an elaborate display for Day of the Dead in the school’s front lobby.

Day of the Dead is a multi-day holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage in other countries in early November. Family and friends gather to remember loved ones who have died to help support their spiritual journeys.

The display featured papel picado Mexican folk art and calaveras created by students. Papel picado is a decorative craft made by cutting designs into tissue paper, and calaveras are artistic representations of human skulls.

Students also created a Day of the Dead altar with pictures of notable people of Hispanic descent who have died including artists, entertainers and poets, as well as Stan Lee and characters from the Avengers to make it more relatable to student interests.

Ms. Hamilton said that the project was completed during Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. She explained that the goal of the project was to “bridge cultures in an immersive activity.”