Día de los muertos: “Day of the Dead”

11/13/2012

Sugar skills, papel picado, colorful flowers, and the sweet delight of Day of the Dead bread all made its way to an altar built by UA Spanish students and local eighth grade students, in celebration of one of Mexico’s most renowned traditional celebrations. On Friday, October 26th, University of Akron Spanish students from Dr. Brougham and Ms. Ritchie’s Spanish conversation classes commemorated the Mexican “Day of the Dead” with 8th grade students from the Spring Garden Waldorf School. From the beginning of the fall semester, students researched the traditions that combine pre-Columbian and European beliefs. Together UA and Spring Garden students presented their findings and built an altar according to Mexican tradition. This service-learning project provided UA learners an opportunity to engage in meaningful research, collaborate with local Spanish students, and have first-hand experience with a Mexican tradition.