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ASU awarded Mora Award for community engagement
10/15/2013
Natasha Karaczan
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
by: Natasha Karaczan

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October 2013

Natasha Karaczan is an Information and Social Media Specialist at Arizona State University. Connect!

Arizona State University has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Estela and Raúl Mora Award for the most exemplary culminating celebration of El día de los niños by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.

Throughout the festivities, 500 students, sixth through 12th grade, accompanied by their teachers, had the opportunity to participate in reading- and writing-themed workshops

The Estela and Raúl Mora Award was established by author and poet Pat Mora and her siblings in honor of their parents to promote El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day, also known as Día. Culminating celebrations of this yearlong initiative that links all children to books, languages and cultures are traditionally held on or near April 30. The Mora award is presented annually in partnership with REFORMA. 

The Día celebrations at ASU, organized by the Department of English, began with sounds of trumpets vibrating, guitars strumming and folkloric dancers moving to renditions of traditional mariachi favorites. Throughout the festivities, 500 students, sixth through 12th grade, accompanied by their teachers, had the opportunity to participate in reading- and writing-themed workshops hosted by local authors Tom Leveen, Angela Morrison, Aprilynne Pike, Janette Rallison and Bill Konigsberg. Adding to the festivities were authors Alberto Rios, Myrlin Hepworth and Gary Soto, who provided students motivating and empowering words. Students received free books, were able to meet and greet the authors, and had the opportunity to have their books signed.

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As the session came to an end, author Rene Colato Lainez signed books for fans. Lainez had spoken to the group about his three rules for success: never give up, study hard and believe in yourself.
Photographer: Tom Story
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