West Allis Central High School Showcases Hispanic Heritage

West Allis Central High School Showcases Hispanic Heritage
Posted on 11/04/2019
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On Friday, November 1, 2019, 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.  

According to Spanich teachers, Mrs. 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 include 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.”

During the day, students from Franklin Elementary School and Longfellow Elementary School enjoyed a morning learning about Hispanic Heritage and Dia de los Muertos. Central teachers, Ms. Barr, Ms. Harmeyer and Ms. McCann also brought their classes to the event. “Sociedad Honoraeia Hispanica and Orgullo Latino helped create a learning experience for the students that included tours of exhibits, crafting "calacas", playing a vocabulary game, viewing a segment of Coco, and teaching merengue dance,” said Azevdeo.

That evening, West Allis Central High School families and community members took part in an evening of fellowship at the Second Annual Hispanic Heritage and Dia de los Muertos  Showcase.  

Students and their families enjoyed a potluck dinner featuring a variety of Latino foods. There were colorful exhibits, Mexican dancers in vibrant dresses, and displays
that highlighted Latin countries and their culture.

“This event was a great way for our students to learn, have fun, and honor the diversity that makes West Allis Central a great school. We are all proud
of our culture and it’s wonderful when we can learn from one another,” said Azevedo.