Oct. 20, 2006
October 7th wrapped up the final event for Volunteer Florida’s service recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month. Volunteer Florida is the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and Florida State’s Student-Athletes have actively participated throughout the month volunteering time to educate children on Hispanic Heritage.
Mission San Luis hosted a day long event, “Blessing of the Animals, Celebration of La Florida”. Tables and tents were set with activities such as face painting as well as food. Javier Garcia-Tunon representing Men’s Track and Field, and Javier Cruz representing Men’s Cross Country, were “Celebrity Readers” for the day.
Javier Garcia-Tunon enthusiastically read the book La Luche Libre, which depicts a young Spanish boy who learns about the traditional Spanish Libre’s. Javier Cruz chose the book Tito, The Firefighter. This children’s book spoke about the importance of being bilingual and the benefits to the community.
Both Hispanic Student-Athletes were very animated while reading the stories which captured the children’s attention and enthusiasm.