Students in Melissa Johnides Studio Art class at Glen Cove High School have been working on a project to celebrate "Day of the Dead" as part of the school's recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Day of the Dead is a  Mexican holiday which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those loved ones who have died. A national holiday in Mexico, Day of the Dead is held on Nov. 1-2  in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Traditions connected with Day of the Dead include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Ms. Johnides' students are seen here creating colorful skull masks.