For Immediate Release
DALLAS- Families have the most impact on children; shaping their education often shapes their entire future. Data show that when parents are involved, students achieve more, and that is what Día de la Familia, Day of the Family, is all about. The special event is open to the public as an annual outreach activity of the Dallas County Community College District. Rotating annual from one of the seven DCCCD colleges to another, this year's event is at Brookhaven College on April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Since 1989, years the Dallas County Community College District has sponsored the free, annual event to increase the college-going attitude in Hispanic families.
"Enrollment among Hispanics has grown by more than 15 percent in the past 15 years at Brookhaven College," said Richard McCrary, interim president at the college. "Hispanics now account for almost 30 percent of our students, but they are still under-represented in higher education and family involvement can be a path to change this."
Music, dancing, food and fun are all scheduled for Día de la Familia with entertainment for adults and children, children's games and activities, free food and informational booths. Entertainment includes El espectáculo de Toty y Andy, the Woodrow Wilson High School Famenco Dance Company, Olympaxqui Ballet Folklorico Dance Company, the Olympaxqui Ballet Folklorico Dance Company and several others.
Magic, stories and crafts will entertain the children throughout the day, and there are informational programs for parents. There will be presentations in English and Spanish about financial aid opportunities. The college will highlight the programs offered for both credit and noncredit with faculty members in science, math, languages, social sciences and communications available to answer questions about college. College employees will be manning ice cream carts, popcorn machines and other food and drink stations, so visitors can ask college questions of anyone.
For more information about Día de la Familia, please contact the Brookhaven College at 972-860-4700. Brookhaven College is located in the city of Farmers Branch, just north of the LBJ Freeway (IH-635) at 3939 Valley View Lane between Midway Road and Marsh Lane.
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