On April 11, the Hill Country TX21 Indivisible’s LatinX Outreach group presented its first Hispanic Role Model Learning Fair as part of the annual Dia de los Ninos event hosted by Schreiner University in Kerrville. The role model fair celebrated eight accomplished Hispanic men and women, ranging from a brain surgeon to an astronaut. Inspired by a desire to reach Hispanic voters, the project evolved to also provide a positive cultural experience for their children. A voter registration table was present to avail attendees with this service.
Dia de los Ninos was attended by more than 200 local residents with 48 children participating in the role model fair. Children visited each interactive learning station and participated in games, experiments and projects developed by a group of TX21 Indivisible teachers.
TX21 Indivisible members who headed up the project were Dana Armitstead, marketing; Alicia Boyett, theme and consulting; and Jeannette Ruark, project coordination. Teachers who participated were Heather Farmer, Jo Harrison, Doris Williams, Deb Edwards, John and Susan Cappozolli, Darla Flynt and Pat Kobe. Frank and Manuela Flores pitched in by enthusiastically staffing one of the learning stations. Barbara Veldhuizen created amazing life-size portraits of the role models and numerous other TX21 Indivisible members pitched in by providing muscle power and moral support.
After resting up, the organizers will regroup and move forward with plans for the next event to be held in conjunction with Notre Dame Catholic Church’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in Kerrville on May 4.