About 150 community members of all ages and races came out to Delavan-Darien High School Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, for the first-ever La Union: Latino Night community event.
The event was coordinated by about 60 students in the Latino Literature courses taught by Kelly Dennis.
It was intended to “get our community united,” said DDHS junior Naason Cano, one of the event coordinators.
The event featured different booths, staffed by students, where visitors learned about many different facets of Latino culture. Some included hands-on activities and each had a connection to the things DDHS students have done or learned in the class over the first semester.
Student participation in organizing and being “experts” at the event counted toward their final exam grades, Dennis said. It was a truly an example of a real-world learning experience that had value not only for the students and their learning but for those in the community, as well.
“Latino night was really nice. The DDHS kids were informed, polite, looked great and extremely courteous,” said School Board Vice President Rick Heine. “I wish the whole city would have turned out.”
Dennis said she was proud of the work the students in her two sections of the class put into the event. She was also happy to see a great community turnout for a first-time event.
Kids of all ages attended, and many parents came to listen and learn about Latino culture. The most popular areas were the Salsa Dancing demonstration and lesson, tortilla-making station and the Mexican game Loteria (a game like B.I.N.G.O.), which had about 40 people playing at one point, Dennis said.
Check out some photos of the fun by clicking on the image above. (Photos courtesy of Ram Salas.)