A Day of the Dead project at a Reseda school was a chance to pay homage to the immigrant’s journey
Los Angeles Daily News. Ryan Carter. October 30, 2019.
A Day of the Dead celebration this week became a chance to pay homage to unity at a local school.

Students from the humanities magnet program at Grover Cleveland Charter High School in Reseda celebrated El Día de Los Muertos with an altar display on Monday.

The altar aimed not only to pay homage to the dead but to create a spirit of unity and a welcoming environment for all students, especially recent arrivals from other countries. The organizers tapped into a tradition of honoring the dead that goes back 3,000 years to pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, they said.

Students, teachers, and parents at the high school’s humanities magnet created their altar, and were to be joined in the Día de los Muertos celebration of the dead by recently arrived students from Central America, organizers said.

And beyond the meaning of the day, academically, officials said the altar is part of the magnet’s Mexico unit coursework. That’s where students learn the origins of the Mexican people — from their history to their culture.

“Many of our students hail from different parts of the city, county, perhaps other parts of the country and certainly other countries, so it’s very meaningful to have this type of activity where we can bring the school together to appreciate what we have in common, our love and appreciation for others,” said Jennifer Macon, coordinator for the mumanities magnet.

Touching on this year’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s theme of “Sacred Migration,” the school ‘s campus community adopted the image of the monarch butterfly. The monarch to many, has become the symbol of the migrant’s journey.

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