There was a lot of red, green and white around Delavan-Darien High School and, no, it’s not the Christmas holiday season.
It’s Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday that commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.
DDHS, a school with a student population that is more than 28 percent Latino, recognized the holiday with several events.
An all-school assembly was held in the morning. It featured two Latino students explaining what Cinco de Mayo is to the student body.
Senior Elizabeth Cardenas explained the history behind Cinco de Mayo, starting with the events leading up to the French occupation of Mexico.
Senior Jesus Sanchez introduced his classmate and concluded the presentation by telling students why it’s important they understand Cinco de Mayo and why the holiday is celebrated.
A break dance group from Janesville, called Stylz Unknown, also performed. One of the group’s performers, DDHS senior Luis Pozos, received ear-splitting cheers from the crowd as he took to the floor with an array of spins, jumps and twists.
The group often tours to area schools, encouraging students to do something positive and fun with their lives.
The groups members’ diverse makeup — including Latino, Black, Caucasian, Indian and Asian — also showed students that people of all backgrounds can work together, get along and have fun, said DDHS bilingual teacher Maria Ramos Speth.
Earlier in the week, Ramos Speth had her students create Cinco de Mayo posters, which were placed in the main commons area of the high school.
At lunch, students were treated to ice cream.
Turtle Creek participation
Kindergarten student in Elizabeth Meinen’s class recycled milk cartons to make maracas as part of Cinco de Mayo. The students used their new instruments when they danced and sang songs they learned in Spanish.