AURORA — Rosa Juarez and her 3-year-old daughter, America, peered over a table Saturday afternoon on Aurora’s East Side looking for just the right letter. After sorting through a bag filled with consonants and vowels, America successfully identified a Spanish letter “ñ” and gave it to a volunteer staffing a pre-kindergarten table while her mother cheered. The table was one of eight offering grade-appropriate literacy games as part of Aurora’s El Dia de los Niños, an annual event coordinated by the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board to promote reading and early education. With more than 6,000 people expected to attend, it is one of the larger events aimed at the city’s growing Latino community.
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In recognition of the cultural importance of children and families, the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board hosts an annual event known as El Día de los Niños, or Day of the Children. Since 2001, el Día de los Niños has been a very special holiday celebrated throughout Latin America where families, schools and communities come together to value and uplift the children in the community. This AHHAB event includes food vendors, a variety of fun-filled and educational activities (including children's rides and booths from community resource businesses and vendors), entertainers (including clowns and mascots) and main stage entertainment that is appropriate for all ages.
The City of Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board (AHHAB), in partnership with the East Aurora School District 131 and West Aurora School District 129, will host....read more
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