Park Elementary students prepare for Day of the Dead

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Most kids are gearing up for Halloween this week but students at Park Elementary School are getting ready for another holiday.

Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead, begins this Friday and dual language immersion students at Park Elementary School will be having a celebration.

The celebration is at the Nicolaysen Art Museum and the students will be showing the community what Dia de Los Muertos is all about.

“It gives them a voice and an opportunity to share not only their language abilities, but a little bit about the cultures they’ve been learning about as well,” Emily Catellier, Park Elementary School principal said.

Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of loved ones who have passed away. Students at Park Elementary honored some of their loved ones as well.

The dual language immersion program teaches students math, social studies and science in Spanish for half of the school day. Students are encouraged to speak only in Spanish during this time.

“You can walk into any of these classrooms on any given day and our students are using the language and they’re fearless with it,” Catellier said.

The students enjoy being able to learn about other countries cultures.

“The students cultivate an awareness for different cultures. It helps them understand people who come from other countries and relate better to them,” Erendira Garcia, Park Elementary DLI teacher said.

Garcia is happy to be able to share her culture with the students.

"I just feel very lucky to teach them all of my holidays and culture," Garcia said.

Park Elementary was the first school in Natrona County to have a Spanish dual language immersion program.