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Spanish Club students visited MoLAA for Day of the Dead experience

On November 2, fifty two MacArthur Spanish students visited the Museum of Latin American Art to deepen their understanding of the Day of the Dead holiday

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On Thursday, November 2, the eighth-grade Spanish Club members, which are comprised from students in the Spanish classes, went on a field trip celebrating the Day of The Dead.  The field trip went to the Museum of Latin American Art to increase the student understanding of the cultural significance of the Day of the Dead.

Spanish Club Advisor Mrs. Denise Vicario has been coordinating the trip to MoLAA for the previous three years.  It took the buses about 40 minutes to get the museum from the MacArthur campus.

Vicario had been to the museum before, and it was a good experience for the students.  She wanted the kids to understand the importance of the Day of the Dead and did not want them to think it was just a party.  “I wanted the students to have a clear understanding of what it was and what it wasn’t,” said Vicario.

Eighth-grader Jazleen Martinez is part of the Spanish Club and also attended the field trip.  Jazleen learned that different types of hispanic cultures can make different types of artwork. “It was a good experience to see an artist’s point of view,” said Jazleen. 

Fifty two students went to the museum, but eight students did not go for religious reasons or ineligibility.  These eight students were not allowed to attend the museum with the other students were because they had F’s.  The eight students who did not go stayed in the library catching up on work during their regularly scheduled Spanish class.

Those who went to the museum were split into two groups, and half of them went to take a tour of the museum.  The other half went to an art workshop.  Later on, they switched.

Eighth-grader Carolina Morales is also a part of the Spanish Club and attended the field trip. She learned that there’s many different types of artwork and thought the field trip was an interesting experience.  “The gift shop, getting to see the different types of artwork and the food was my favorite part of the field trip,” said Carolina.

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Spanish Club students visited MoLAA for Day of the Dead experience