DDHS students to host third-annual Latino Night

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Staff | January 21, 2014

DELAVAN — For the third straight year, staff and students and community members are hosting “La Union: Latino Night” Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Delavan-Darien High School, 150 Cummings St., Delavan.

The free public event is designed for all in the Delavan-Darien community to learn about the people that make up its different cultures. It is also a way to celebrate that diversity, organizers say.

According to U.S. Census data, Latinos represent about 30 percent of the city of Delavan's population, and more than 20 percent of the village of Darien.

In the Delavan-Darien School District, Latinos represent about 45 percent of the student body, a proportion that is one of the largest in the state. Statewide, Latinos represent less than 10 percent of students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Latino Night visitors can learn how to play soccer and make a piņata, help judge a salsa- and guacamole tasting contest, learn about Latino artists, play a Latin American game called La Loteria (similar to B.I.N.G.O.), eat cultural food (including beans, rice, flan and horchata), take a Cumbia dance lesson and much more.

The event is also part of the final exam for the students putting it on. Members of the DDHS Latino Literature class — who represent a range of races and cultures — are helping organize the event with teacher Kelly Dennis.

The first two Latino Night events each attracted more than 150 attendees.

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