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Memorial moment

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By Sharon Warner

Students at Collins High School studied El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), which is an observance of the Mexican and other Latino cultures. Spanish teacher Heather Bell explained that the activity on Nov. 2 allowed students to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have passed on....from grandparents to siblings to Michael Jackson to Leonardo da Vinci. Spanish 1 students set up traditional ofrendas (offerings), complete with papel picado (cut paper), flores de papel(paper flowers), and photographs. Students either baked pan de muerto (bread of the dead) or practiced their Spanish while purchasing it at the local panaderia (bakery). Cori Taylor posed beside her table of offerings, which featured tissue paper flowers that she made. She mentioned that the incense was used to draw in the ancestor and that salt was used for purification.