Deeply Personal Reflections from Thomas Edison HS

Edison’s ofrendas are full of deeply personal reflections on the lives of the students’ deceased relatives and friends. Each object they bring in or create means something special. Jennifer honored her mother by creating a beautiful starry sky. She painted her ofrenda midnight blue, draped silver spangles from the crate’s ceiling and sculpted a crescent moon. These watch over a skull covered in delicate flourishes.¬†

Alaysha created clay miniatures for her ofrenda, representing different aspects of her grandmother’s life. From tiny cooking utensils to a microphone she’d later bedazzle with glitter, the miniatures recall vivid memories: the smell of her grandmother’s kitchen, the taste of her cooking, and the sound of her singing.

Each time we visit, the ofrendas seem to take on more personality. They reflect something intensely personal– the students’ feelings on their chosen ancestor, and the fascinating lives of the ancestors themselves.

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