Tribune Staff Reports
The Latino Council of Jackson County’s fifth annual Mother’s Day celebration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Margaret R. Brown Elementary School, 550 Miller Lane, Seymour.
“The event is focused on bringing Jackson County cultures together,” said Tonja Couch, executive director of Jackson County United Way.
Ana De Gante, director of English Learners Services with Seymour Community Schools, said the free event also is designed to celebrate all mothers in Jackson County.
“We also want to share our culture through dancing, music and poems,” she said.
Members of the Seymour High School band and folkloric dancers will perform, and food will be available for purchase.
Connecting Latinos to community resources they may not be familiar with is just one of the focuses of the event. There will be representatives from Anthem Medicaid, Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, Child Care Network, Children’s Bureau Inc., Girls Inc. of Jackson County, Jackson County United Way, Covering Kids & Families, MDWise, Seymour Community Schools, SMX Staffing: Spartan, Southern Indiana Hispanic Services and Turning Point Domestic Violence Service.
There will be 20 student volunteers available to help with translation.
“We want the Latino community to feel integrated into the greater Seymour community,” De Gante said. “Our goal is to incorporate not only the culture but to make this an event where everyone can enjoy an early evening out and learn about diversity in Seymour.”
The council was developed in 2011 to join community service agencies and organizations to address unique concerns of Spanish-speaking residents while recognizing and promoting their role as members and participants of the community.