Celebrating Latin American culture for one middle school included students of Latino heritage planning how to share their food, crafts, and culture with their classmates.
At Craig Middle School, sixth grader Juan Carlos Alvarez was busily thinking about what students could learn about his native Mexico. “They can learn what Mexicans do for food — and how they work on different things,” said Juan. He thought of games, and one word game called Basta! came to mind. Players fill out examples of different categories such as colors, fruts, and other objects as quickly as they can.
For several years, the Latin American Festival has been conducted at the middle school, opening the door to Latin American experiences. This year, the festival included a talk on Central and South American masks, preparation of foods, a Mayan game called Pok-ta-Pok, and a presentation on Ecuador. Students had studied the Central and South America regions.
“We looked at language, religion, sports — and then we had them look at education,” said sixth-grade teacher Kelly-Anne Kirk.