DVE’s El Grito fundraiser is Sunday | SummitDaily.com

DVE’s El Grito fundraiser is Sunday

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DILLON VALLEY – El Grito del Valle – a fundraiser for Dillon Valley Elementary School’s dual language program – returns to Summit County this Sunday. The ethnic event also acts as a celebration for Mexican Independence Day and it will be held at the school.

“It’s just a big cultural event that brings everyone together,” said event spokeswoman Leslie Davison. ” … It’s really fun seeing a bunch of kids in a running race.”

El Grito includes a 5K and a 1.5K fun run starting at 11 a.m., food and entertainment. It’s $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Funds will also be raised by purchasing food with tickets, carnival style.

“Hacienda Real gives us a lot of food,” Davison said, “and kids will perform skits, songs or dances related to Latino culture.”

According to Davison, prizes will be awarded to El Grito participants, and everyone will receive recycled bags and T-shirts.

Dillon Valley’s El Grito event still needs “tons of volunteers” including cultural entertainment to set up along the course.

“If anybody has any talent, they could stand on the corner and be the entertainment,” Davison added.

Fundraiser for dual language program

El Grito funds raised at the annual event will go towards Dillon Valley’s dual language program, including new books, materials and recruiting highly qualified Spanish-speaking teachers.

When Dillon Valley’s language program began five years ago, administrators hoped its success would create something special and lasting. And with an ever-growing community-wide desire to send children to the program, fund raising efforts are more important than ever.

For more information about El Grito del Valle, call (970) 389-0952. There are also entry forms available at Dillon Valley Elementary School or at ElGritodelValle.com.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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