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El Día de los Niños observances smashing success

By La Prensa Staff

Toledo SMART Bilingual School drew dozens of families to its third annual observance of El Día de los Niños (Day of the Children/Books) held Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2019 at the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center (SQACC), 1222 Broadway, Toledo.


The celebration had a typically quiet Broadway Corridor busy with traffic, as families came and went carrying arts and crafts, little faces painted with colorful animals, and smiles all around.

“We are really excited. That’s part of our mission and vision is to revive this area, bring education back into it, bring the Latino heritage back into it,” said Jessica Molina Kuhlman. School principal. “It’s a day of celebration.”


El Día de los Niños is a day dedicated to celebrating children and the future promise they embody. The special observance is celebrated throughout Latin America and particularly in México and is recognized by the United Nations.

The event served as a school carnival of sorts, as students and their siblings were able to enjoy a bouncy house and other inflatables outside, while there was food and plenty of indoor activities for an afternoon of fun.

Students from the K-5 bilingual school also staged a talent show, put their art on public display, and received awards for their academic achievement, including reading, chess club, and art.

“We want a day where we’re just recognizing the children for the precious little human beings that they are,” said Ms. Molina Kuhlman. “It’s just a fun day to have fun with the kids and recognize the kids.”

Moving the event this year from the school to the center gave teachers and staff a bigger venue to plan an expanded event. So several community agencies and businesses were able to set up information tables for families covering a variety of programs and services. Adelante Inc., Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union, the South Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library were among those handing out giveaways and pamphlets.

As children and their parents stopped to color sheets with superheroes, cartoon characters, and princesses, Nana’s Kitchen also was jumping, as volunteers prepared fresh guacamole and a variety of other food. There was no shortage of art and craft stations, games, and other family friendly activities.

The event serves as the school’s biggest fundraiser each year. Proceeds from El Día de los Niños will go towards strengthening and sustaining after-school programming, as well as extracurricular excursions and other academic enhancements at the school, now in its fifth academic year with an enrollment of 207 students.

The bilingual school will continue to grow with the announcement just days before the event that Toledo Public Schools will absorb the charter school into its array of academic offerings next year. That will mean a move closer to the Broadway Corridor into Westfield School, which also brings the school much closer to the families it serves.


La Conexión

La Conexión hosts El Día de los Niños/Libros activities in partnership with the Wood County District Library in Bowling Green [251 N Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402] on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The Book Fiesta begins at 7 p.m. with a bilingual English-Spanish story time, along with monarch butterfly crafts and activities. The free and public event also will have refreshments.


PHOTO CREDITS: Courtesy of Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center and Toledo SMART Bilingual School’s Facebook pages.





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