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Families Gather To Celebrate El Día Del Nino
Dia Del Nino
Around 115 kids and their parents attended the event of El Día Del Nino, celebrating a special day with a program full of activities hosted at the Oakdale Grange Hall.

Since 1925, El Día Del Nino also known as the day of the child, has been observed as a day to highlight the importance of children’s mental health and educate them and their families.

On Thursday, April 28 Oakdale’s Family Support Network and Oak Valley Hospital sponsored this year’s celebration at the Grange Hall in Oakdale.

This was the first time the celebration was brought into Oakdale, created and put together by Family Support Network staff member Rossy Gomar.

Gomar started with the local organization over 20 years ago being a part of United Families, then moved over to the group coordinator as a promotora.

The celebration is very important for the Latino community, showcasing the importance of children’s mental health and giving out resources to not only the youth but also to their parents.

The event had more than 110 youngsters in attendance, some from the weekly Spanish speaking classes and some from the local community.

“We invited the author Teresa Ruiz with the intention to promote the passion of reading within the kids,” Gomar stated.

Ruiz works for the Stanislaus County Office of Education as a Child Development Specialist who also wrote a children’s book called ‘The Little Corner’ that was showcased during the event.

“For us it is about celebrating the emotional health of all of the kids who are less fortunate,” Ruiz expressed. “We as an agency bring in that opportunity where they can feel happy, safe and that they belong.”

April 30 was the actual day of El Día Del Nino but Family Support Network observed it throughout the month, with a variety of activities, culminating with the gathering on April 28.

Dia Del Nino Book Author
Author Teresa Ruiz and her book Maria’s Creative Workshop was showcased during the recent El Día Del Nino event to promote a love for books and reading for local youngsters.