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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • McPherson students celebrate Hispanic culture

  • Carmen Zeisler's fourth grade class at Roosevelt Elementary School has been learning about Day of the Dead celebrations in Latin America. On Monday, the class got a visit from students in McPherson High School's College Spanish class to learn a little more.
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  • Carmen Zeisler's fourth grade class at Roosevelt Elementary School has been learning about Day of the Dead celebrations in Latin America. On Monday, the class got a visit from students in McPherson High School's College Spanish class to learn a little more.
    "The whole point of the celebration is to connect and celebrate those who have died," Zeisler said. "It's my favorite holiday because it's a different way to celebrate people who have passed away."
    Fourth-graders and high school students decorated cookies and practiced a little Spanish while learning about Day of the Dead customs and traditions. Micah Black, a senior at McPherson High School in his third year of Spanish, said he likes learning about other cultures.
    "I just like to see how people do stuff differently than in the U.S.," Black said.
    Abby Pierce, a fourth grader, said her favorite part is decorating graves with flowers.
    "I feel good and I feel like I'm being nice to all the people who have died and helped out," Pierce said.
    Learning about other cultures has had practical applications for students and teachers. Black said he took a trip to Texas with his church and was able to talk to people who only spoke Spanish.
    "It was challenging. They speak Spanish very fast," Black said. "It was interesting talking to people we normally wouldn't be able to talk to."
    Zeisler said learning about other cultures helps students better understand the world around them.
    "If we're just focused on here, how do we have
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    a perspective of the world around us?" Zeisler said. "Learning about other cultures opens minds and doors that otherwise would be closed."
    Neva King, who teaches College Spanish at the high school, said having her students interact with the younger ones helps both groups appreciate other cultures.
    "We don't have a lot of opportunities in McPherson, so I like to take them places where they can experience the culture," King said. "Any time we can get the older kids and younger kids together, it benefits them both."
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.

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