West Allis Central High School Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

West Allis Central High School Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
Posted on 11/05/2018
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On Friday, November 2, 2018, members of the Latin Pride and Spanish National Honor Society at West Allis Central High School celebrated Hispanic Heritage with a Potluck Dinner and Hispanic Heritage-Día de los Muertos showcase.  

World Language teacher, Nancy Azevedo, helped students organize the event and exhibit. She also worked with Physical Education Teacher, Joette Muffler, to bring in the Mezclando Milwaukee Dance Company to teach salsa dancing to students. Gustavo Esquivel helped coordinate Orgullo Latino students to create a life-size ofrenda.

According to Azevedo, “The Día de los Muertos tradition dates back 3,000 years, during the time of the Aztecs.  The celebration coincides with All Saints Day as a time to pray for departed souls. Family members setup special festivities including having parties at family members’ grave sites through the night. They set up “ofrendas” (altars) inside their homes and create candy sugar skulls with the inscription of a deceased family member’s name. The belief is that the spirits of their loved ones arise and celebrate with them over the two-day period.”

Members of Latin Pride and the Spanish National Honor Society celebrated their heritage by creating displays that highlighted Latin countries and their culture. The exhibit also included information about influential individuals and Dia de los Muertos art form. Students wore traditional Hispanic clothing and demonstrated their Bachata dance moves. Throughout the day, classes visited the school commons to tour the showcase. Jefferson Elementary students of Ms. Bahl and Mr. Irwin also toured the displays and participated in the celebration by breaking a piñata.

“The students did a great job preparing for this event. They are proud of their culture and they want others to learn from them,” adds Azevedo.