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Boys Town Helps Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

​​National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15. During this month, the nation comes together to "recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture." To help kick-off the month, Boys Town Nebraska's South Omaha office participated in the annual "El Grito de Independencia" celebration on Saturday, September 17, 2016. El Grito is the Mexican Independence Day, which takes place each year on September 16.

"It is important for Boys Town to have a presence in the community," said Regina Costello, Manager, South Omaha Programs. "El Grito is an important celebration in the South Omaha community and we were able to reach out to so many people about our programs."

Hosted by the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, this annual event draws more than 22,000 people each year. ​More than 30 Boys Town employees showed their pride in the mission by participating in the parade and working the information booth.

The information booth in particular served as a great outlet to educate community members about the programs and services offered at Boys Town's South Omaha office. Through participation in this celebration, Boys Town is able to form networks and further develop support for families.   

"I would say the majority of the people know Boys Town but still learning what we do," added Costello. ​