On Saturday, April 29th Youth Impact helped celebrate our children and promote literacy along with the El Paso Public Library in an El Día de Los Niños event at the Armijo Library. This was in collaboration with El Día de los Niños/El día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) annual event. According to the American Library Association, this event is held on April 30th to help the celebration of childhood and literacy.

 

Thanks to El Paso Public Library and EL PASO PARKS AND RECREATION Official Page who helped coordinate these events around the El Paso city. The events took place at Washington Park and at the Armijo, Esperanza Moreno, and Sergio Troncoso branches.

 

As part of our contribution and our desire to help our youth within our community, we took part in this celebration by having games and giveaways in our booth set up at the Armijo Library. Along with other organizations, we all had fun activities for the children and parents of the community.

Celebrating through Literacy

Being that it was an event promoting literacy, we took that into account when coming up with our game, Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar which derives from the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Here are our volunteers, Gloria and Eyesenia ready to have some fun! Eyesenia provided most of the supplies for our activity, such as the book, plush toy, plastic fruit and veggies, and a cute kid’s grocery cart.

 

The children had to “shop” for their fruits and veggies they wanted to feed the caterpillar and stand on a make-shift line we placed for them on the ground to throw their items to the caterpillar’s mouth. Kids really enjoyed this and a few kept coming back to try to make the five pieces in the caterpillar’s mouth to win the bigger price we had available for them.

 

Celebrating our Children and Promoting Literacy in El Paso. Youth Impact promotes literacy with games and activities at Armijo Library.

 

There were many kids that arrived at the library by themselves and others with their parents. We were able to provide them with information about who Youth Impact is and what our mission is within the community. We handed out brochures with our contact information and social media links.

 

Here are a few more pictures from the event:

 

 

Conclusion

To help promote literacy among the children of El Paso, the El Paso Public Library gave hundreds of FREE books to the community. With the game we played, children were not only aware of this book but also enjoyed feeding our hungry caterpillar and listening to what we wish to offer our youth.

 

We were able to do a community outreach to the parents of these children by offering our contact information available through social media and phone numbers. As a volunteer, I was ecstatic with the enthusiasm and the smiles these children had at the event and wouldn’t hesitate to volunteer again.

 

Impact

Project Title: El Día de los Niños/El día de los Libros

Impact: 50+ Families

Volunteers: 2 Adults

 

 

 

 

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