Our Sigma Delta Pi chapter Phi Omicron has been in the past years engaged in working off campus either tutoring or doing social work (health clinics, nursing homes, etc). This year we wanted to organize a community event to promote the Spanish culture and language.
Since August our chapter board met weekly to organize Vivamos La Fair. The event had to be cultural therefore we sought for singers, folk dancers, readers of poetry, etc. The event was also to promote the use of Spanish. Students of Spanish classes went visiting door by door in the community to invite people to the Fair. They were actually using their Spanish and proud to do so.
On Saturday, November 10th we were at the Memorial Park City of Azusa Gym from 9 am to 3 pm. We had music, poetry, dance, food, face paint, health care, college advice, a corner for children to paint, draw and read books in Spanish from the city library, art, and other agencies to help with information for the Hispanic community. We invited elementary school students to perform a mini Spelling Bee in Spanish. Parents and friends were delighted to see children participate. We had the participation of Mariachi Relámpago, which people enjoyed very much. The mayor of Azusa, Joe Rocha, an honorary member of our Sigma chapter, attended the event.
Vivamos La Fair was a way to not only provide our community with a culturally rich environment through dance, music, food and performances, but also by exposing already existent educational, health and financial resources from our local community. Through this fair we further hope to acknowledge the ideas of higher education, academic excellence, healthy living and financial wellness by gathering adults, adolescents and children of all ages. By providing our community with many informational booths that offer their benefits in both Spanish and English, we also hope to highlight the importance in bilingualism and accentuate an appreciation in Hispanic/Latino culture.
We worked with LASA (Latin American Student Association), another agency of our university, and students from the SPAN301 class. For this project we had the collaboration of Association of College Honor Societies, click here. This is the first time we do an event like this and we are very happy with the results. We are planning to have it again next year.