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For Immediate Release: Through May 8, 2004
Outreach Event Celebrates People of Spanish-speaking Cultures
Dallas, TX – Music, dancing, and piñata batting are on the schedule May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyards of Brookhaven College during the 14th annual “Dia de la Familia.” The “Day of the Family,” an event of the Dallas County Community College District, combines entertainment and fun with college information and health education for families in Dallas County.
Where else can families go to enjoy free entertainment by a rock band, the Dallas Desperado Dancers, and a Ballet Folklorico group? Also available will be free health screenings for blood sugar levels and blood pressure, free hot dogs and ice cream and activities for children.
Entertainment will include performances by Aztec dancers, “Distrito Capital: Rock en Español,” and the Dallas Desperados Dancers, who also will be signing autographs. Community health providers will offer free testing for blood sugar levels, lung capacity, blood pressure and osteoporosis and more. Children will be able to have their faces painted, break a piñata or participate in the activities coordinated by students and faculty from Brookhaven College’s Child-Parent Study Center. Ebby Halliday, president, Ebby Halliday Realtors, made a cash donation to help underwrite the costs of the event. Blue Bell Ice Cream donated all the free ice cream, including new flavors, such as one called Dos Amigos. Many local businesses in Carrollton, Town of Addison and Farmers Branch have donated door prizes to be drawn throughout the day including toys, free oil changes, gift certificates and more.
The Dallas, Farmers Branch and Carrollton Police departments are all scheduled to be at the event with the DPD narcotics division bringing their special low-rider car, and the Farmers Branch and Carrollton departments each bringing their DARE show cars. All will provide information about drug and alcohol awareness and prevention. The Farmers Branch Fire Department will also be at the college with a fire truck and information about fire prevention.
Seminars will show parents how to navigate the challenges of applying for financial aid and Edward Jones Investments will also conduct a workshop for parents. Both parents and students can visit the exhibits to learn about the many programs and career-training options offered at Brookhaven College and the other six DCCCD colleges. The Dallas PLAN Fund, Dallas Concilio for Hispanic Service Organizations, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ABE Program and others also will have information available at the event.
The District’s goal for Dia de la Familia is to provide opportunities for members of Spanish-speaking cultures to gain knowledge about how to access a college education. The event has grown each year and, for the past two years at the North Lake College and Mountain View College campuses, more than 2,000 people have attended.
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Las updated April 16, 2004