A local elementary school is keeping an ancient tradition alive.
The students did research on a relative that had passed away. Students interviewed their parents, and grandparents, asking them what the deceased relative did for a living, what they ate, when they were born and when they died. It was all a lesson during Dia de los Muertos.
Celina Cisneros, 4th Grade teacher said, “For the last 30 years my sister Delphina Cisneros, also a 4th grade teacher at Longoria Elementary School, has been teaching the children about Dia de los Muertos. It is a beautiful tradition they say that people really don’t die if you remember them. What we do is bring awareness to the children of their ancestors.”
The children decorated a skeleton of their late relative in traditional Dia de los Muertos fashion. The skeletons were hand-sewn or wore paper-mache made clothes. Their art is displayed at the Brownsville Historical Association on custom made Day of the Dead altars.