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Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 1:30pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: Intermediate

CINCO DE MAYO: CELEBRATING A SCHOOL’S CULTURAL DIVERSITY


First-time guests at Mrs. Green’s Cinco de Mayo celebration quickly learn of the legendary status of this annual classroom event.  From all ends of the building – and as far as the district office – faculty, administrators and staff follow the sound of the mariachi music to find the bountiful Mexican feast prepared by parents and teachers in room 209.

 

For the celebration, Mrs. Green’s 3rd graders sported handmade paper hats, ponchos, and moustaches, as parents met and mingled, and took pictures of their children and their peers.

 

“I’m really happy to meet my friends’ parents. My mom is here with my little brother too,” Jake said. “I had a moustache but it was really itchy.”

 

“I feel like I’m in Mexico, actually, and I’m really thankful for all the good food,” Yariel said. “My favorite was the enchilada casserole,” Harrison added.

 

Leading up to their classroom party, students learned about the history of Cinco de Mayo, and went beyond traditional music, foods and clothing to explore the geography of Mexico. 

 

“The first of the state’s curriculum modules is all about communities, cultures and differences between other countries and ours. I extended this module to look deeper into the cultural diversity of my own class. Cinco de Mayo seemed like the perfect way to celebrate that diversity,” Mrs. Green said.


Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).  A minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage with such traditions as parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals.