In a heartfelt debut, Mountain View Middle School's (MVMS) Associated Student Body (ASB) launched its inaugural Dia De Los Muertos event, weaving a new thread into the fabric of its school's rich tapestry of culture and community.
This new tradition, which the ASB plans to hold annually, originated from a place of deep respect and a desire to honor those who have passed. Echoing the words of an ASB student, "Dia De Los Muertos is about celebrating our loved ones and the legacy of their lives." It's a sentiment that resonates throughout MVMS as it held space for memories and the celebration of life well-lived.
The inception of the exhibit was born from an idea introduced by ASB after attending a Character Strong training. The holiday, rooted deeply in Mexican culture and history, was seen as an opportunity to remember loved ones and to educate the students about the importance of honoring those who have gone before us.
Students and staff collaborated on every detail, from flyers inviting families to contribute photos to crafting the exhibit's heartfelt display. Participation was significant, reflecting the event's resonance with the community's spirit. Families shared pictures and stories, contributing to a tapestry of memories that spanned generations and borders.
The feedback from families and students was an outpouring of gratitude. The exhibit not only provided solace and celebration for those it honored but also served as a poignant reminder to the school community of the vibrant lives that continue to shape their narratives even in absence.
During the exhibit, a mom asked Ms. Martin, the front office secretary, if she could look at the exhibit with her daughter, as they had submitted a photo for it. When they entered the Multipurpose Room (MPR), the student ran up to the exhibit, immediately found the photo of her grandpa and was overjoyed to see it displayed where everyone could see. This interaction brought the mom and Ms. Martin to tears. The mom expressed her gratitude for sharing her special cultural tradition. Such stories underscore the exhibit's profound impact, providing a sanctum for students and families to remember and reconnect.
One ASB student, Jaylene Meza, encapsulated the event's core, stating, "I believe, what made it so special was that anyone could send in photos. It stayed true to the one thing that mattered: celebrating our lost loved ones." This inclusivity allowed the entire school community to partake in a practice of remembrance.
The ASB's initiative exemplifies the school's pledge to create a welcoming environment, affirming the importance of unity and mutual support. This event was not just an exhibit; it was a vivid affirmation of the school's role as a nurturing ground for the whole child—mind, heart, and spirit.
As MVMS looks toward making this exhibit an enduring tradition, it stands as a shining example of how schools can transcend the confines of education to foster a true sense of belonging and communal strength. In celebrating the lives of those no longer physically present, the school has indeed found a meaningful way to bring the living closer together.