The celebration had a typically quiet Broadway Corridor busy
with traffic, as families came and went carrying arts and
crafts, little faces painted with colorful animals, and smiles
“We are really excited. That’s part of our mission and vision is
to revive this area, bring education back into it, bring the
Latino heritage back into it,” said Jessica Molina Kuhlman.
School principal. “It’s a day of celebration.”
El Día de los Niños
is a day dedicated to celebrating children and the future
promise they embody. The special observance is celebrated
throughout Latin America and particularly in México and is
recognized by the United Nations.
The event served as a school carnival of sorts, as students and
their siblings were able to enjoy a bouncy house and other
inflatables outside, while there was food and plenty of indoor
activities for an afternoon of fun.
Students from the K-5 bilingual school also staged a talent
show, put their art on public display, and received awards for
their academic achievement, including reading, chess club, and
“We want a day where we’re just recognizing the children for the
precious little human beings that they are,” said Ms. Molina
Kuhlman. “It’s just a fun day to have fun with the kids and
recognize the kids.”
Moving the event this year from the school to the center gave
teachers and staff a bigger venue to plan an expanded event. So
several community agencies and businesses were able to set up
information tables for families covering a variety of programs
and services. Adelante Inc., Nueva Esperanza Community Credit
Union, the South Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public
Library were among those handing out giveaways and
As children and their parents stopped to color sheets with
superheroes, cartoon characters, and princesses, Nana’s
Kitchen also was jumping, as volunteers prepared fresh
guacamole and a variety of other food. There was no shortage of
art and craft stations, games, and other family friendly
The event serves as the school’s biggest fundraiser each year.
Proceeds from El Día de los Niños will go towards
strengthening and sustaining
after-school programming, as well as extracurricular excursions
and other academic enhancements at the school, now in its fifth
academic year with an enrollment of 207 students.
The bilingual school
will continue to grow with the announcement just days before the
event that Toledo Public Schools will absorb the charter
school into its array of academic offerings next year. That will
mean a move closer to the Broadway Corridor into Westfield
School, which also brings the school much closer to the families
El Día de
activities in partnership with the Wood County District
Library in Bowling Green [251
N Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402] on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The Book Fiesta begins at 7
p.m. with a bilingual English-Spanish story time, along with
monarch butterfly crafts and activities. The free and public
event also will have refreshments.
PHOTO CREDITS: Courtesy of Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural
Toledo SMART Bilingual School’s Facebook pages.