BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Spanish and Italian Clubs came together on Thursday, November 14 to celebrate with their annual Cena y Cine (Dinner and a Movie) event. Members of both clubs gathered after school and enjoyed pizza, snacks, and desserts. To honor the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) the movie chosen was the Disney’s Coco, a popular animated movie that revolves around the holiday. 

In years past, this event was only for the Spanish Club, but this year, Laura Ferreira, Spanish teacher and Spanish Club advisor said, “I wanted to do something together with [the Italian Club] and share the cultural part of Día de los Muertos.” 

Ferriera explained her favorite part of the event, saying, “[The students] share stories of their own experience with the Day of the Dead, how they like it, how they used to celebrate it, some have no idea what it is. So they learn a little bit about the culture.” 

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The Italian Club members had an enriching experience at the event. “I would like to do more club activities together,” said senior Domenico Deluca, who has been a member of Italian Club for four years and enjoyed his first Cena y Cine event. 

It is important for these different cultures to come together to learn, share, and understand their traditions and language. In keeping with tradition, the Spanish Club will continue to spread Spanish culture through Cena y Cine and their other events each year.