April 27, 2005

CRAPO CELEBRATES DIA DE LOS NINOS

Book donations and events scheduled across state mark the Day of Children

Washington, DC â??Nearly 2,000 books will be donated to Idahoâ??s children in events taking place in libraries and learning centers across the state this week commemorating Dia de los Ninos (Day of the Children) through the efforts of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Dia de los Ninos is a holiday celebrated by many countries to recognize and celebrate the importance of children and Idaho was the first state in the nation to officially recognize it. Crapo co-sponsored the holiday in an official resolution last year and is now honored annually with celebrations and books donated from the Library of Congress.â??Celebrating Dia de los Ninos gives us a way to commemorate Idahoâ??s deep Latino roots while honoring our children,â?? Crapo said. â??Reading is a fundamental building block in education and giving our children books is the best way to promote that invaluable skill. I appreciate the various local groups who have organized these events for Idahoâ??s children. The event in Boise, sponsored by the Idaho Child Abuse and Prevention Coalition, will include the Ada County Sheriffâ??s SWAT Mini-Kids Obstacle Course and Monster Truck, entertainment by the Rhythm Dogs, and various emergency vehicles for tours and presentations. Admission to the Discovery Center will be free for the event. The events in Twin Falls and Caldwell will feature free entertainment, games and drawing for prizes. The events are open to children of all ages. Crapoâ??s staff will make the donated books available at the following locations, dates and times:MeridianMeridian Public Library, 1326W Cherry LaneApril 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.BurleyNewcomers Center, 1144 W. 17 St.April 29, 10 a.m.Twin FallsEl Milagro Housing Community CenterApril 29, 4:30 p.m.1122S. Washington AveBoiseDiscovery Center, 131 Myrtle St.April 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.CaldwellSerenity Park, next to Caldwell Public LibraryApril 30, 12 Noon-3 p.m.Crapo staff earlier participated in a Dia de los Ninos celebration organized by the Blackfoot Sixth Grade School with participation from several local businesses and hundreds of students, parents and local public officials. The students read short stories and poems in commemoration of the holiday.To link directly to this release, go to: https://www.crapo.senate.gov/media/newsreleases/release_full.cfm?id=236972