Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage!

As previously reported, from September 15 – October 15, Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to celebrate the diversity and rich culture of Hispanics, across America and beyond. During this month we pay homage to Latinos who honor their indigenous, Spanish and African roots. Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time for girls of all backgrounds to come together to discover, connect and celebrate the Hispanic culture! Let's take a look at two related stories:

In Delaware, The News Journal has an article about Girl Scouts seeking its' place in the Hispanic Community. It follows Jessica Carmona, who did not know much about the Girl Scouts when she was growing up. When she moved from New York City to Delaware nine years ago, she learned more about scouting and her 6-year-old daughter, Faralynn Sanchez, signed up. Faralynn loves it, Carmona says, but she has had little success getting her Hispanic friends to join. Despite that, it is reported that the number of Hispanic Girl Scouts in Delaware has increased from 276 in 2008 to 393 in 2010 - a 42 percent increase. Nationally, the number of Hispanic girls in the Girl Scouts increased by about 20,000 from 2006 to 2009, with the total last year of about 291,000 representing about 12 percent of the 2.4 million Girl Scouts in the country, according to Michelle Tompkins. Definitely read the entire article here.

In September, The Miami Herald had a fun article on Berta Bravo of South Miami - who began selling guayaberas in 2003, visiting downtown law firms and showcasing the Cuban garments from the trunk of her truck. She is now an icon in Miami, and recently donated some of her famous guayaberas when the Girl Scout Council of Miami hosted a quince - a 15th birthday coming out party - for teenage girls who could otherwise not afford it. Bravo donated guayaberas for eight of the girl's fathers so they would be in proper attire for the father-daughter dance. Awesome!

Do you have any stories you would like to share involving Hispanic Heritage?