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The Latinos Unidos de RHS plans to read books to young children and their parents as part of the community outreach called “Juntos in Literature” this summer.

The student club members will share their love for bilingual literature at the Santa Maria Public Library, YMCA and various Head Start programs. The children and their parents will receive free copies of the books that are read to them to encourage reading continues at home.

A grant to the youths will fund the English and Spanish reading community service project that 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. 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.” – Patricia Villalobos, Spanish Teacher & Latinos Unidos Advisor

The community’s newest role models are more than ready to share the joy of the written word with others.

“This program is so unique and dear to our hearts, as it was created by youth for the youth. Creating a safe space for the younger youth to gather and be part of the community, is something that Latinos Unidos is very passionate about. Being part of this program allows the youth of our community to grow together and learn from each other through the power of discussions and readings.” – Krystal Contreras, 11th grade, Latinos Unidos Vice President

“The initial goal of Juntos in Literature was to promote cultural awareness but throughout the process we realized it was much more than that. We want the smaller 
youth to value the superpower of being bilingual and enjoy the beauty of the Latino culture.” – Erika Garcia, 11th grade, Latinos Unidos President.

The only dates that have been confirmed so far are June 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Santa Maria Library. More dates will be released on a poster soon.

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