Migrant Education’s Fall Academy Concludes with Cultural Celebration

November 2, 2016 – The Migrant Education Department of BCSD held its annual Fall Academy Program at several participating schools.  The five week program welcomes students grades K-8 to participate in various activities that promote artistic expression, collaborative communication, understanding speech and debate, and diversified learning about different cultures.

The Fall Academy met each Saturday in October and students studied several different subjects, including the history of Día de los Muertos and Hispanic cultures via virtual field trips.  They also had the chance to participate in Folkloric dance, performance theatre, La Liga STEM soccer and Art Studio workshops.

The Fall Academy concluded with a grand “Día de los Muertos” celebration at the BCSD Auditorium Saturday, Oct. 29th.  More than 350 students and their families were there to take part in the festivities.  They were treated to performances by The Aztec and Folkloric Dancers, Migrant Mariachi and a special stage production put on by “Teatro del Barrio,” an L.A. based theatre group.  Also included in the day’s program was special guest speaker and former Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) Director, Gregorio Luke, who gave a brief lecture to the attendees about the traditions and significance of Día de los Muertos.

The exciting and eventful day concluded with a trip to a pumpkin patch for the younger participants.

Student wearing their art projects they created during Fall Academy

Students wearing the art projects they created during Fall Academy

BCSD Board Member Andrae Gonzales welcoming everybody to the Dia de los Muertas celebration

BCSD Board Member Andrae Gonzales welcoming everybody to the Día de los Muertos celebration.

Students enjoying a day of celebration

Students enjoying a day of celebration

Attendees enjoying the music performed by the Mariachi band

Attendees enjoying the music performed by the Mariachi band

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