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LULAC celebrates cultural diversity

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During the 2017-2018 school year, Noeli Castro and Mairany Jaracuaro, who were sophomores at the time, started the LULAC (The League of Latin American Citizens) club, with the help of Mr. Payan, DHS art teacher, to promote positivity and community service in our county. As it was their "launch" year, they struggled with accomplishing recognition, for an incredible amount of hard work and effort they put forth throughout the year.

When the 2018-2019 school year started this fall, Mrs. Chavez, the ELL paraprofessional for Delta High, and Mr. Payan teamed up to support this determined group of young adults. The club started to grow, as did their aspirations. Now with a total of 29 members, Delta LULAC decided that being a school club wasn't good enough; members wanted to be a part of something bigger.

Mr. Payan offers his room for early morning planning and often late evening meetings, contributing his creativity and skill but most of all showing the LULAC group what work ethic means, and what can be achieved when you put blood, sweat and tears into something.

Mrs. Chavez has also worked diligently to get the club recognized nationally, which came to fruition when she contacted Joél-Léhi Organista who is the LULAC national VP for youth. Organista decided he would be the youth council sponsor. Organista has named Delta High School LULAC Colorado's only official "National Youth Council for LULAC." This has opened the doors for the members to receive educational opportunities, grants, scholarships, leadership conventions, recommendation letters from Ivy League alumni and so much more!

This year, the DHS LULAC group has collectively decided to be all inclusive, culturally. To close out 2018, LULAC partnered with Safeway in Delta to raise funds to feed Christmas meals to less fortunate families in our county; they were able to raise more than $600 for that cause. The DHS LULAC Youth Council plans on hosting one major fundraising event, the first annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, set for May 4. Their goal is for LULAC to award a scholarship to a deserving graduate each year. Another goal is to get other schools in Delta County involved. The head council -- Noeli Castro, president; Gadiel Mendoza-Leon, vice president; Miriam Aleman, treasurer; and Mairany Jaracuaro and AnnaMaria Gilliam, secretaries -- will set out to visit schools in our county to inform them about the opportunities available to them as a LULAC Youth Council member. Although we live in a rural area, we are culturally diverse and LULAC wants to embrace all students, from the indigenous people from Mexico, to refugees from Thailand and those students born and raised here in Delta. Together they will do great things!

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