Turtle Creek Elementary School, with a Latino population of more than 60 percent, celebrated Cinco de Mayo and the school’s diversity and rich culture a school-wide assembly.
After learning about the meaning of the Mexican holiday — which commemorates the triumph of the Mexican army over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 — students performed traditional Mexican dances in authentic, hand-crafted costumes.
The event was coordinated by Dual Language Teacher Ms. Vicky Barquero, a native Mexican, who herself made most of the costumes.
Students in multiple grade levels participated, with girls wearing colorful dresses and boys donning painted-on mustaches.
The school’s band and orchestra played Mexican music and even some teachers and administrators dressed the part and danced together, too.
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¡Viva el Distrito Delavan Darien! ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Long live Delavan-Darien School District! Happy Cinco de Mayo!