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Cataño Three Kings visit to include reading initiative launch

The fun starts at 9 a.m. today at the municipal convention center in Cataño.

By The Star Staff

The Office of the First Lady of Cataño invites the children of the metro area town to the municipal convention center today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to participate in the visit of the Three Kings and the delivery of gifts.

In addition, the award ceremony of the painting contest in which Cataño students participated will take place.

“It fills the mayor and me with enthusiasm to receive the children of our town to give them a little joy to follow with hope the tradition of the Three Kings,” Cataño first lady Bethzaida Rodríguez Torres said in a written statement. “Likewise, we will announce the winners of the painting contest, ‘Christmas Customs of Our Island,’ in which students from five of our schools participated. We invite parents to come with their children since we will have surprises for the children who visit us at the Waterfront Convention Center.”

Today’s delivery of gifts will take place in drive-through mode starting at 9 a.m., while the painting contest award ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

After that, the kickoff “One Book at a Time” event will be held. The initiative seeks to encourage reading from the earliest grades and consists of a community leader, artist, athlete or other public personality reading a short story to children.

Mayor Julio Alicea Vasallo emphasized the importance of reading and how the first lady, a preschool teacher, has come up with the concept of “One Book at a Time.”

“In different spaces of the municipality, at least once a month we will have a special guest reading to children of our town,” the mayor said. “Reading is the key to knowledge and the door to better opportunities. Under that premise, my wife Bethzaida and I know that this initiative will be very welcome and beneficial for the children of Cataño.”

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