Many students don’t continue their education after elementary school in Mexico. Work permits are allowed at age 12 and families need their income. Consequently there are two elementary schools with morning and afternoon sessions in this neighborhood, only one junior high school with just a morning session and no high school in the vicinity.
So the end of the school year means Sixth Grade graduation ceremonies and parties. Last week I was invited to help award diplomas at two primary schools where Leyendo has built libraries. It has gotten hot and humid here but we were provided with little bits of shade.
At the beginning of the Adrian Cupul Itza Primaria ceremony we were treated to a dance performance by a dance troupe in the Veracruz style which included several of the graduates.
The tradition is that the graduating class choreographs and performs a dance at the ceremony, they receive their diplomas and then there is formal dance for students with their godparents. And lots of photos of course.