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Darien school celebrates Latin American culture, history

Published 11:59 am, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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  • Middlesex Middle School seventh-grade students get into the spirit of Latin American Day. The students began the day portraying a Latin American character they had researched. Photo: Contributed
    Middlesex Middle School seventh-grade students get into the spirit of Latin American Day. The students began the day portraying a Latin American character they had researched. Photo: Contributed

 

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Middlesex Middle School's seventh grade celebrated Latin America Day, a day-long event featuring Latin American history and culture. The celebration was the culmination of three months of study and research of Latin America as part of the social studies curriculum.

The students began the day portraying a Latin American character they had researched. They each donned colorful costumes and interviewed one another in order to learn greater detail about their peers' characters and why each was important to Latin American studies.

The students later watched the movie "Mad Hot Ballroom," about a dance competition that takes place in New York City schools. They then enjoyed an authentic Latin American lunch catered by Mi Casitas Restaurant in Norwalk.

The finale included dance lessons with Alisa from Alisa's House of Salsa, who taught the students some popular Latin dances, including the salsa and meringue.