Celebrating Language, Culture, and Family Bonds: A Night of Multilingual Literacy

On February 20th, the Van Buren ISD Conference Center was filled with warmth and laughter as families from diverse backgrounds gathered for a special occasion: the Multilingual Family Literacy Night. Hosted by the VBISD Title 3 Consortium, this event was more than just an evening of reading; it was a celebration of language, culture, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

At the helm of this inspiring gathering was Sarita Collins, the VBISD ESL/Migrant Resource Teacher, whose passion for fostering literacy and cultural appreciation shone brightly throughout the evening. Supported by dedicated staff members including Dawn Munoz Lamas, Victor Zuniga, Elida Segura, Maria Hernandez, and Sara Ledesma, the event unfolded seamlessly, creating an atmosphere of inclusivity and belonging for all attendees.

What made this event truly unique was its approach to literacy. It wasn’t solely about teaching reading and writing in a traditional sense; rather, it transcended language barriers to honor and celebrate each family’s unique narrative. Parents and children sat side by side, not only reading together but also beginning to craft their own literary works. From printing family crests to recording cherished stories, every activity was an opportunity for families to connect, share, and preserve their heritage.

The initiative not only promoted literacy but also highlighted the rich tapestry of cultures that contribute to the vibrancy of our community. Through storytelling, artwork, and shared experiences, families were able to showcase the beauty of their traditions and the depth of their histories. It was a poignant reminder of the strength that lies in diversity and the power of unity in embracing our differences.

As the evening drew to a close, there was a sense of anticipation and excitement for the journey ahead. The books that were begun on that memorable night will continue to evolve, capturing the essence of each family’s journey and serving as a testament to the beauty of multilingualism and multiculturalism.

With a target completion date of May 15th, these books will not only be symbols of literacy but also enduring artifacts of love, resilience, and the unbreakable bonds that unite us all as a community. As we eagerly await their completion, let us continue to cherish and celebrate the richness of our diverse backgrounds, knowing that it is our shared stories that truly bind us together.