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Chicano/Latino Studies Students Read to Youngsters
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Friday, February 21, 2020
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About 70 students enrolled in SMHS’s Chicano/Latino Studies course will read children’s books by or about Latinos to Adams Elementary students on Monday, February 24.

About 70 students enrolled in SMHS’s Chicano/Latino Studies course will read children’s books by or about Latinos to Adams Elementary students on Monday, February 24.
The Saint community outreach honors “Read Across America” Week and Latino heritage by promoting literacy at the nearby school. The community service is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SMHS Chicano/Latino Studies Teacher Ricardo Valencia said the goals of the event are to honor the rich legacy of Latino history and culture, encourage youth to be proud of their heritage and to promote higher education by having high school students share their aspirations.
“All Americans benefit from reading multicultural text and should have the chance to learn about their heritage,’’ Valencia added. “Also, students are more engaged academically when they can relate to what they read and learn.”
The Saints say they are ready.
“I love the fact that many children are so curious and smart,’’ said senior Carlota Placido. “Many already know what they want to do. They are already thinking about high school and college. I feel so happy to be able to go because I know that I am giving my all to give a good example to the new generation, the future.’’
“I would recommend this community service because it’s something that the kids will experience and later they can do the same when they get old,’’ said junior Angela Gomez. “This is something that the community needs to see; have more people participate, help kids love books and help out with many more things.”

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