Students at Cole Middle School recently held a fund raiser as a culminating activity of their Spanish service learning project. On October 22 340 people attended a celebration to commemorate Mexico’s 200th anniversary of its Independence from Spain. La celebracion de Mexico included a sit down diner of authentic Mexican cuisine prepared and served by the students, presentations on traditional Mexican cooking and the premiere of a film on Mexico’s fight for independence produced by the 8th grade students. Students spent time in class and after school preparing for the celebration. They handcrafted the decorations of piñata boxes, maps and papel picado. The art students under the direction of Nina Reiner created molas and Mexican pottery. The cafeteria never looked better! Students researched the traditional foods of Mexico, corn, chiles, chocolate, and presented this information to the guests. Students dressed up in traditional Mexican costumes in order to serve the guests. Mexican mariachi music played during the dinner. The ultimate goal of the Spanish service learning project was to learn about Mexican culture in a hands on way and to raise money for Mission Mexico, a children’s refuge in tapachula Mexico. www.lovelifehope.org . The families, staff and students of Cole Middle School came together for a night of culture and fun! The Cole community raised $4,530.00 for the kids of Mission Mexico!