DELAVAN — Delavan-Darien High School and members of its student body are for the third time hosting “La Union: Latino Night.”
The free public event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at DDHS (150 Cummings St., Delavan).
La Union: Latino Night is designed for all in the Delavan-Darien community to learn about the people that make up its different cultures. It is also a way to celebrate that diversity, organizers say.
According to U.S. Census data, Latinos represent about 30 percent of the city of Delavan’s population, and more than 20 percent of the village of Darien.
In the Delavan-Darien School District, Latinos represent about 45 percent of the student body, a proportion that is one of the largest in the state. Statewide, Latinos represent less than 10 percent of students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
That diversity is an asset in Delavan-Darien Schools. Events like this help promote and foster further cultural understanding among students, staff, parents and community members.
At the event, visitors can learn how to play soccer and make a piñata, help judge a salsa- and guacamole tasting contest, learn about Latino artists, play a Latin American game called La Loteria (similar to B.I.N.G.O.), eat cultural food (including beans, rice, flan and horchata), take a Cumbia dance lesson and much more.
The family-friendly event is free for all to attend.
It is part of the final exam for the students putting it on. Members of the DDHS Latino Literature class — who represent a range of races and cultures — are helping organize the event with teacher Kelly Dennis. It is the third-ever La Union: Latino Night. The first two events each attracted more than 150 attendees of all ages and races.