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Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS
  • Spanish teacher finishes first year with candy-filled piñatas smashing

  • First year Kiowa County High School Spanish language instructor Verónica Alarcón finished her school year with a bang …and a whack …and piles of candy.


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  • First year Kiowa County High School Spanish language instructor Verónica Alarcón finished her school year with a bang …and a whack …and piles of candy.
    “I wanted to say goodbye to this school year with a fun, cultural and a hands on activity that all the students could enjoy,” said Alarcón. “You know that everyone gets so tired by the end of the year so I had to think about an activity to keep them busy and relaxed at the same time while learning!”
    Students in her Spanish I and II classes spent their final week building their own piñatas with balloons, old newspapers, paint crepe paper and glue.
    “Nowadays, we associate the colorful, hollow paper shapes known as piñatas with Mexico, but legend has it that piñatas actually came from China and Canada and were introduced to the West by Marco Polo,” she added. “Interestingly there was a religious reason for the introduction of the piñata in Mexico by the priests. The seven cones surrounding the piñata represented the capital sins of Christian faith and the kids represented the good side of the world defeating the bad side when their strikes broke the piñata. Amazing, isn't it?”
    Alarcón says that the combination of fun and education really perked up a week filled with stressful tests, graduation ceremonies and athletic tournaments.
    “Finally we smashed them to celebrate that everyone had successfully passed the Spanish Class and that we were ready to enjoy the Summer time! It was a great experience that not only allowed us to learn about the history of piñatas but also left a good taste in our mouths!”
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