Carnevale di Venezia Celebrated at MEMS
Linda Schiano, an 8th grade Italian Teacher at MEMS, was awarded $1,600 to purchase 135 imported Venetian masks for her students to create Carnevale Mask during Italian Class.
On Thursday, April 7th, 2022, students in Ms. Schiano’s Italian class celebrated Carnevale di Venezia. Since 2007, Italian students have made their own masks for this occasion. Students first learn about Carnevale and how it is celebrated in many countries. One of the biggest celebrations is in Venice, Italy. People come from all over the world to admire the elaborate costumes and masks of those parading through the streets. Students learn the significance and the meaning behind the various types of masks. They also learn about the enchanting and unique city of Venice known for its canals, bridges and gondolas. The culminating activity is to make their own unique Maschera di Carnevale. This year had its challenges. In particular, the masks that have always been purchased in the past were no longer available. The only comparable ones were more expensive. Ms. Schiano decided to reach out to The Foundation for MERS and apply for a grant. Because of their generosity she was able to purchase 135 imported Venetian masks for her students.
During this annual activity, the students spent a fun day designing their own unique and extravagant masks. They used glitter, markers, gems, feathers, ribbons and more. Parents also came to assist the children. The parents could not do enough to help Ms. Schiano when it came to setting up for each class and then cleaning up. Ms. Schiano is very grateful, “If it hadn't been for the generous grant from The Foundation for MERS this activity would not have happened. It was wonderful to see my students happy and having fun.”