GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – (KREX) By parenting with School District 51 and other educational centers, this Hispanic Heritage Month is geared to helping youth in Mesa County be proud of their heritage.
The Riverside Educational Center has the goal to support students in the classroom and the community.
“I know in the past we have had some of our Hispanic staff say previously for them they haven’t had a lot of mentors to look up to in the community,” Joy Hudak, Riverside Educational Center said, “I love the Latino Chamber of Commerce because we have had them out doing presentations in the past, we’ve had they come do specific presentations to our high schoolers to present them with career opportunities in the community.”
The Riverside Educational Center has the goal to provide academic success in the classroom while focusing on cultural awareness in the community, a goal that is shared by the Latino Chamber of Commerce.
“In the past couple of years we have incorporated different education centers and that includes District 51, Colorado Mesa University to actively participate in our Hispanic Month celebrations and we just want to make sure everybody feels proud of their roots and not ashamed,” Sonia Gutierrez, Latino Chamber of Commerce said.
Through the support of the Riverside Education Center, students can celebrate their heritage in the classroom while achieving their academic goals, all under one roof.
“We did update our inclusivity statement this past year broader than just culture,” Hudak said, “We want to make sure everyone, every student every family that is engaged at REC that everyone feels they have a place and they belong somewhere.”
the riverside educational center is hosting their 12th annual ‘taste of riverside fundraiser’ this satruday. community members can support a local non profit while enjoying some traditional hispanic dishes.