The Latinos Unidos de RHS read books to young children and their parents this summer as part of the community outreach called “Juntos in Literature.”
The student club members shared their love for bilingual literature at the Santa Maria Public Library in June, and although YMCA and various Head Start programs were listed, dates had not been scheduled at the time the press release was sent out.
The children and their parents receive free copies of the books that are read to them as an encouragement to continue reading at home.
A grant to the youths funded the English and Spanish reading community service project, which focuses on engaging the kids in discussions. It targets children 5 to 11 years old.
“I believe it’s important to have this summer reading program in our community because it will create a space for our community members that live in a biliterate and bicultural environment," said Patricia Villalobos, Spanish teacher and Latinos Unidos adviser. "I would like for them to realize that their experiences are valued and writers are creating books that reflect those unique experiences. Summer is a great time for children and parents to come and participate.”