In the spirit of tradition in honor of the children in Western New York, the Hispanic Heritage Council [HHC] partnered with D’Youville Porter Campus PS#3 to celebrate “El Dia del Niño” – “Day of the Child” on Friday April 29th, the day is recognized on April 30th in many Latin American Countries and cities across America to promote the importance of children and their connection to books.

Here in Western New York, HHC has made it a yearly tradition and part of their mission to celebrate with the area schools, libraries and community to promote the values of Literacy, Nutrition, and Character.

Over thirty readers from Government, Public, and Private Sector convened at the school to read to the children at the school and talk about the importance of reading academics.

“El Dia del Niño” which originated in Mexico in 1925, is a day that has been set aside to recognize the importance of children in society and support their health, safety and education. Beginning in 1996, several grass roots organizations, libraries, and universities worked together to link El Dia del Niño with language and literacy as a way of supporting the wellbeing of children. On April 30, 1997, this idea culminated in the first “Dia del Niño / Dia de los Libros was observed.

Here in Western New York, HHC’s primary objective is to institutionalize this important day on behalf all children, they would like to thank all area community leaders from government, public, and private entities that have joined their efforts to honor the area children.

We thank collaborators for this year’s event of “El Dia del Niño”, Project Flight, GOYA Foods, Health Education Project, Character Council of WNY, Buffalo Teachers Federation, Raices Theatre Company, Buffalo State College, West Side Youth Development Coalition and Independent Health.