Rosati-Kain freshman makes mark as preschool ambassador

Jasmyn Mitchell demonstrated her violin skills to Maxwell Brenner, Khalie Collins and Daniel Powers, all 4, at University City Children’s Center in December. Mitchell was a student at the center nine years ago and now volunteers to work with children there. She is a freshman at Rosati-Kain High School.

Jasmyn Mitchell returned to her old preschool last month, holding a violin case and practically skipping down the hall.

A staff member led her to a room where three children were looking at books. Jasmyn connected with the youngsters, chatted with them for a bit, then got out her violin. She played parts of four songs, selected just for them: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "We Three Kings," "Ode to Joy" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

Dia de los Muertos becomes new tradition at Rosati-Kain


Next week when her friends go to Halloween parties and trick or treating, Vivian Garcia Cruz will be celebrating with her own culture's tradition of honoring the dead.

Garcia Cruz and several of her classmates at Rosati-Kain High School last week set up an altar to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican tradition to commemorate the lives of deceased loved ones.

The celebration is popular in Mexican culture, and typically lasts several days, beginning on Halloween and concluding on Nov. 2, the feast of All Souls.

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