‘Day of the Children’ celebrated

BROCKPORT — Migrant families from Livingston County and the Brockport area joined together last month to celebrate "El Día de los Niños." (Day of the Children)

Audra Surman, a social-justice intern at SUNY Brockport’s Newman Center, said that the idea developed out of a collaboration with Penny Gardner, a diocesan migrant minister. The two had talked about partnering on an event and came across the Mexican holiday that is traditionally celebrated on April 30, Surman said.

So, they invited families to the Newman Center on April 26 for an afternoon of singing, storytelling, dancing and breaking a piñata, Surman said. Some of the children who also participated were parishioners at Newman, and three other Newman student interns helped lead the activities, she added.

"It was great to (bring) both communities together," said Surman, a senior studying interdisciplinary arts for children. "It was a lot of fun."

All of the families who took part also donated 40 books that were to be delivered to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Gardner noted. And they went home with activity books and crayons, she said.

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