This year, as is previous years, the MAHS Spanish Club and the Spanish II class provided Morris Elementary Students, students from St. Mary's, and Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) students an opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. In addition to decorating the foyer in the colors of Mexico, high school students organized activities at various "puestos" or places where the elementary students could make some traditional Mexican crafts. Students could paint a birch bark bookmarker, cut and create a papel picado banner, make a tissue paper flower, color pictures with a Cinco de Mayo theme, have their faces painted in green, white and red, braid a friendship bracelet, and decorate a cookie with the colors of the Mexican flag.
Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated more in the U.S. than in Mexico and is traditionally called "La Batalla de Puebla" (The Battle of Puebla). The three largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the world are in Los Angeles, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; and St. Paul, Minn. It is a celebration to acknowledge Mexico's contribution to U.S. history. The Mexican Army defeated the invading French army (one of the most powerful in the world at the time) for the first time at Puebla on May 5. After more years of fighting, they were finally able to expel them from the country, thus keeping them from invading the U.S. from the south during the Civil War. Mexico's contribution to U.S. history should not be overlooked and for this reason we celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
May 14 - High School Band Concert - 8 p.m.
May 17 - FLEX Day
May 18 - Lock-Down Safety Drill
May 28 - No School