IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- The Irvington Middle School Spanish Club sombrero sale raised $300 for Fundación Jocani, an organization in Puebla that assists children and teens living and/or working in the streets of Mexico as a result of family violence.
As part of the school’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, parents and students from all eighth-grade classes prepared authentic Mexican food and desserts to feed the entire eighth grade.
This marks the 12th year the school has celebrated with a Mexican luncheon, which serves as a culmination of study of Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the 1862 victory by Mexican forces against the French.
Students researched the historical significance of the battle, as well as how it is celebrated today in Mexico and in the United States.
Before breaking the pinata in the courtyard, classes traced the origin of the pinata all the way to China. They also discovered the symbolism of the traditionally shaped pinata, as well as the significance of breaking it open to allow a downpour of treats for the eagerly awaiting children.
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