Join the Fiesta as Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month
September 1, 2012
Kennedy Park Fiesta Area (3700 S La Cholla Blvd)
$5 per family (4 and under free), $2 for single entry
TUCSON- Folklorico dancers in colorful dresses, upbeat sounds from mariachis, and activities for all ages will fill Kennedy Park this Saturday as Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. The fiesta is from 11am to 2pm and will feature Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School, Ballet Folkorico Miztontli from the University of Arizona, Ko-Kim’s Ice Cream truck, a Funland Express jumping castle, and free water bottles courtesy of Food City.
Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated nationally from September 15th through October 15th, celebrates the rich cultures, histories, and contributions of Hispanics across America and beyond. This month is a perfect time for youth of all backgrounds to come together to discover, to connect, and to celebrate the rich traditions of the Hispanic culture.
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona firmly believes Girl Scouts is for all girls, everywhere. The Girl Scouts recognition of Hispanic heritage continues all year long through their Hispanic Initiative that aims to bring programming to areas that have yet to experience Girl Scouting. This Initiative brings Girl Scouting to schools and communities across Tucson to create great experiences and opportunities for girls right in their own neighborhood. Girl Scout programs at the YWCA and Grijalva Elementary feature bilingual Program Leaders and provide materials in Spanish. Notes Reina Ravago, Hispanic Initiative Coordinator, ‘This often makes it easier for moms, older sisters, tias and abuelas to participate in Girl Scouts as a family. It’s wonderful to see three generations learning, working, and having fun together through Girl Scout activities.”
Girl Scouts community involvement is happily noted by John Contreras, Director of Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School, “We’re proud to be a part of this groundbreaking event and are glad that the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is embracing the Hispanic community through its increasing efforts to appeal to the often overlooked Hispanic youth.”
Join Girl Scouts to celebrate family and culture and to honor the diversity of the Hispanic community.
Mariachi Aztlan will be performing from 12pm-1pm and Ballet Folklorico will be on stage from 1pm-2pm.
For more information on Girl Scouts’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration please contact Reina Ravago, Hispanic Initiative Coordinator, at email@example.com
About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization dedicated to helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. GSSoAz serves over 14,000 girls in Southern Arizona and includes over 1,500 adult volunteers. Our goals are to provide a wide range of contemporary programs that reflect the unique needs and interests of all girls living in Southern Arizona, to empower girls to reach their full potential, and to give girls a voice in their community and in their own lives. For more information on Girl Scouting in Southern Arizona, please contact Maria DeCabooter at (520) 319-3175.