Sugar skulls sweeten Hispanic tradition

Honoring those who have died, connecting with their spirits and enjoying each other’s company, this is the theme of a well-known Mexican holiday.

Liberty Middle School students from Señora Canola-Murphy’s class celebrated those who have come before last week with a Day of the Dead celebration.

Señora Canola-Murphy says the celebration takes students away from a traditional classroom environment, but it is a wonderful opportunity to learn through a hands-on approach.

Every year, Señora Canola-Murphy incorporates Day of the Dead into her lessons and this year the tradition continued – with a twist!

Students had the opportunity to make authentic Mexican sugar skulls but also got to pick the brain of pastry pro Kim Simons and helped her decorate a large cake.

During each class, Senora shared a little history of the Day of the Dead and demonstrated how to decorate a sugar skull to take home. Stations were set up with piping bags of icing, sprinkles, glitter and colored sugar for students to add some shimmer and individuality to their designs.

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