Bellaire ES celebrates Día de los Muertos

Bellaire Elementary families and staff enjoyed an evening full of music, delicious food and crafts in honor of Día de los Muertos on Nov. 2.

A beautiful altar adorned the Bellaire stage as the Kingsborough and Terrell Wells mariachis played festive tunes and Bellaire students participated in different arts and crafts stations. 

“The main goal of our Día de los Muertos celebration is to expose our students to a traditional celebration that is part of their culture,” Dual Language teacher Veronica Sanchez said. “I hope the kids learn a little more about the tradition and elements of Día de los Muertos and have a better understanding of the importance of honoring and remembering those loved ones who have passed.”

The theme for this year’s altar focused on first responders. As a part of the altar, a firefighter uniform and a police officer uniform were surrounded by candles and papel picado.

Every year I try to select a theme that I feel is relevant to what is happening in our community and I felt it fitting to honor the first-responders who selflessly protect the citizens of San Antonio,” Sanchez explained.

This is her fifth year hosting and facilitating the event with the tremendous help of the Dual Language teachers, monolingual teacher, and most importantly, the mothers in the Parent Room.

“Those ladies work the most, in my opinion, setting up the altar, serving and making the food and deserve every accolade possible for all of the "behind the scenes" work they do in the weeks leading up to the event,” Sanchez said. “I know I could definitely not have such a successful event year after year without their support and assistance.”

Sanchez is looking forward to continuing this tradition for many years to come and hopes to make the celebration even bigger next year.

Bellaire ES celebrates Día de los Muertos

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