On Thursday, Oct. 31, students in the Sixth Grade Academy participated in a tradition known as Dia de los Muertos — Day of the Dead.
The tradition originated several thousand years ago with pre-Hispanic cultures who considered mourning the dead disrespectful. The dead were still considered members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit, and during Dia de los Muertos (October 31 through November 2), they temporarily returned to earth.
Students were invited to participate by bringing in small mementos of deceased members of their families. They were encouraged to bring forth the mementos and lit candles (battery operated) to the altar during a brief prayer service. They told stories of these family members and celebrated the lives of their loves ones.