PMFS has been taking our students to Mexico since 1970. That’s 50 years!

Fifty years of homestays and hosting, of friendships and cultural exchange, of social-emotional growth and experiential learning. That’s a lot to celebrate. And you’re invited to the party!

Día de los Muertos at PMFS!

On Friday, November 1st children will be celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican and Central American holiday of family and remembrance. A festive holiday full of community spirit, Day of the Dead is a way of connecting to family and friends that are no longer with us, and connecting to our pasts as a living part of the present. Although the day is near Halloween on the calendar, it is not a spooky or frightening holiday.

During the week, the children will learn about the traditions and innovations of the holiday, and will put together an ofrenda in the Corson Lobby On Friday, November 1, children can join in the celebration by bringing in an item that reminds you/them of a loved one (person or pet). This can be something that reminds you of the person/pet physically or of their passions or hobbies. The children will place the object on the ofrenda that they create together.

Please make sure anything sent in is labeled, and children are welcome to bring in photographs or drawings of an item if the actual object is fragile or of great sentimental value. 

Parents are welcome to join us for their child’s visit to the ofrenda. Click here to view the schedule for class times.

To learn more about Día de los Muertos, read this article written just for us by Fran Blackstone, a member of the MexEx50 Committee.

Save the Date: Big MexEx50 Celebration
May 2, 2020

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Exchange Archive

The Mexican Exchange Program today

The Early Years

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1970-2020 (with many more decades to come!)