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EC Spanish teacher, Mrs. Aguilar shares about a recent class field trip:

“In Spanish class is very important that students know, understand, and learn about the culture in order to learn the language. That is why I organized a field trip to Detroit. Our first stop was at St. Anne Catholic Church, where Father Thomas Salazar celebrate a bilingual Mass for us. After Mass, we had a tour inside the church of St. Anne followed by a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). On the way to the museum, students tasted the traditional bread of the celebration of the Day of the Dead, and, when we arrived to the museum, we viewed the murals of Diego Rivera and the “Ofrendas” exhibition. The field trip concluded with lunch at a Mexican restaurant.

Students and chaperones enjoyed the field trip very much! They had a wonderful and fun learning experience. Students enjoyed and learned through the activity of “busca y encuentra” (a scavenger hunt) at the DIA ofrendas exhibition. The field trip was a great experience for everyone, and they were grateful for this opportunity.”

Students said:

“I learned more about the tradition of the day of the death, the Hispanic culture, and their food and way of living”

“Art can show you the life of a person or something that they experienced or learned about life.”

“I really enjoyed the tour at St. Anne. It was great to learned about the history of that parish and the history of Detroit.”

“I loved the bilingual Mass.”

“I loved to see how art can reflect the way of living, thinking, and loving others, even after death.”

“The field trip was very educational but also very refreshing to learn about another culture with my friends.”


Click here for a video slideshow of the field trip.