In honor of “Day of the Dead,” Saint Mary School (Gilroy) 6th grade students studied in religion class the traditional Latino and Cajun celebration of Dia de los Muertos.
In addition to molding and decorating sugar skulls, each student created an ofrenda, a shrine or altar to honor a deceased loved one. Students decorated memory boxes and added photos, symbols, medals, mementos and other small objects that reflected the interests and history of the person they were remembering. While not a sad time but rather a warm and caring time of remembrance, the students learned about the cycle of life and did a write-up about their loved ones and the objects they chose to represent them.
The 6th grade also celebrated the day with the other junior high classes at the Old Saint Mary Cemetery, which was established in 1865 and is located within walking distance from the school. This field trip to celebrate Mass is an annual event for the junior high students as a time to reflect and remember their loved ones.