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HITN LEARNING MARKS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH A MONTH-LONG CELEBRATION OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURES

By COMMUNITY

A series of virtual events that embrace pride and unity through music, literacy, resources and language to help families navigate the new normal

Brooklyn, NYHITN Learning, the educational division of HITN, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 by bringing together renowned authors, musicians, educational institutions and a roundtable of experts for a series of virtual events celebrating Hispanic cultures, history, and traditions that will generate insights and inspiration for Hispanic families trying to navigate the current climate.

“This has been a year of significant shifts and challenges that have left the future uncertain. Tapping deep into Hispanic cultures, history, and traditions can help our communities embrace the future with hope, determination, and enthusiasm.” said David Rust, General Manager of HITN Learning.

From September 15th to October 15th, HITN Learning is partnering with Common Sense Latino, Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), The New York Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and New York State Head Start Association, (NYSHSA) to provide information and experiences that will help Hispanic families safely celebrate their Hispanic Heritage, offering tips and resources to help manage family life during a pandemic.

Here are important messages from the HITN Learning Hispanic Heritage Month partners:

Maria Alvarez, Vice President of Commonsense Latino commented I believe that now more than ever, in the middle of the global pandemic, our LatinX/Hispanic community deserves to be acknowledged. It’s exciting to see HITN Learning leading this wonderful month of celebration, and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

Adrián A. Pedroza, National Director of Strategic Partnerships of Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors added, “Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors is proud to partner with HITN Learning to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. During these extraordinary times it is more important now than ever that we take the time as a community to celebrate, share information, and prepare to seize a better future for our children. We believe that “the future belongs to those who prepare for it today,” and we are committed to this journey.”

DYCD’s commissioner Bill Chong said, “DYCD is proud to partner with HITN during Hispanic Heritage month. This special educational virtual series of events will provide our young people and their families with programming to celebrate Hispanic heritage and deepen their awareness of the contributions of Hispanic Americans who have shaped Latino and American history. During this trying time, it is important that our young people stay motivated and connected while gaining more knowledge of this rich culture.”

Carolyn L. Wiggins, Ed.M., President of New York State Head Start Association, (NYSHSA) added, The New York State Head Start Association is delighted to partner with HITN’s Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Campaign, “Celebrating Language and Cultures in a World of New Challenges.” We look forward to sharing the events with all Head Start Programs across New York State. I encourage all to view the presentation on “Raising Children who Appreciate Diversity” on Facebook Live and the special webinar “Navigating the World of New Challenges”.

HITN Learning Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 Event Listings (all times ET.; all events carried on Facebook Live)

The 2020 campaign kicks off with a concert featuring Latin Grammy nominee Sonia De Los Santos, who has performed worldwide for families in English and Spanish. Sonia will launch the celebration with a LIVE virtual performance for the whole family Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m.

On Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m., HITN Learning will present “Raising Children Who Appreciate Diversity,” a discussion with social-emotional learning expert Dr. Lorea Martinez.

Award–winning children’s book author Raquel Ortiz will perform a fun, interactive bilingual reading of her picture book, When Julia Danced Bomba, accompanied by four-time Latin Grammy nominee William Cepeda. Families can join this event Saturday, October 3rd at 11:00 a.m.

To close out its celebration, HITN Learning will offer a special webinar, “Navigating a World of New Challenges for Hispanic Families,” on Wednesday, October 14th at 7 p.m. Leading education and parenting experts will present perspectives from their specific areas of expertise and engage in open discussion with each other and webinar participants. Hosted by Lina Acosta Sandaal, MA, psychotherapist & child development expert, the webinar will feature these HITN Learning Advisory Group members, plus special guests:

  • Lorea Martinez, Ph.D, a faculty member of the Summer Principals Academy at the Teachers College of Columbia University. Dr. Martinez is a social-emotional learning (SEL) consultant and researcher who supports schools, teachers, and families as they embrace and adopt SEL practices.
  • Dina C. Castro, Ph.D., Professor and Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair of Early Childhood Education at the University of North Texas. Dr. Castro is a researcher and teacher educator who serves on the Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Her research focuses on equity and quality in the early care and education of bilingual children from immigrant and indigenous communities.
  • Mariana Diaz-Wionczek, Ph.D., a children’s media consultant and advisor who uses her extensive experience, knowledge, and expertise in child psychology, cognitive development, bilingual education, trans-culturalism, and diversity & inclusion to help develop and produce quality content that resonates with children. Díaz –Wionczek, Children’s media specialist and TEDx Speaker commented, “HITN has always done an amazing job at promoting Latino-Hispanic heritage on and off screen. This HHM, they present a formidable series of virtual events that is a true celebration of Latino cultures while also being educational and presenting helpful information for Latino children and families.”

The Celebration of Language and Cultures initiative includes a robust social media campaign featuring specially produced video vignettes starring HITN Learning staff, fun facts, trivia, and content from Latino culture including crafts, and recipes for the entire family that reflect Hispanic traditions.

For more information on HITN Learning Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 visit https://hitnlearning.org/es/hispanic-heritage-month-2020

About HITN Learning

HITN Learning, the educational division of HITN, is committed to the social, emotional, and academic success of Hispanic/Latino children ages 0-14. Its mission is to provide parents, caregivers, and teachers with original learning media products, in English and Spanish, which engage Hispanic families on their educational journey. HITN Learning serves learners from all cultural backgrounds who value the bilingual English-Spanish experience. HITN has been a pioneer of the transmedia approach for close to a decade as lead partner in the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) that was the recipient of a $30 million “Ready To Learn” grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010. To learn more, visit https://hitnlearning.org.

HITN PARTNERS WITH THE PUERTO RICAN CULTURAL CENTER TO CELEBRATE “FIESTA BORICUA”

By COMMUNITY

HITN will present a special program “De Bandera a Bandera” featuring one of the largest Latino festivals that take place in the Midwest. The program will include a posthumous recognition of Ramón Lopez, a principal contributor to the concept of the ‘Paseo Boricua’ and a visit to three Puerto Rican towns that stand out for their traditions and cultural richness.

Brooklyn, NYHITN TV has announced a partnership with Chicago’s El Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño Juan Antonio Corretjer de Chicago (Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center, PRCC) for special coverage of the virtual 2020 Fiesta Boricua (Puerto Rican Festival). This is one of the largest Latino festivals, and the most important, that takes place in the Midwest. HITN’s coverage will include performances and an introduction to the Fiesta by Dr. Jesús Hernández Burgos, director of the Public Health Initiatives of the PRCC as well as a colorful segment, Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos (The Best of Our Towns), highlighting the cultural heritage and traditions of three Puerto Rican towns. The special, De Bandera a Bandera (From Flag to Flag), will air on HITN on Sunday, September 6 at 6:30a.m. Pacific / 8:30 a.m. Central / 9:30 a.m. Eastern and will re-air at 9:30 a.m. Pacific /11:30 a.m. Central / 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

According to José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, “Fiesta Boricua has become the quintessential representation of our Puerto Rican-ness in Chicago, particularly as it highlights the rich legacy of the city’s cultural roots through music, dance, food, theatre, arts, and bringing to the stage new and emerging artists from Puerto Rico.”

This year the Fiesta Boricua celebrates the 25th anniversary of the installation of the flags in the well-known ‘Paseo Boricua’, a six-block segment of Division Street between Western and California Avenue adorned with Puerto Rican flags, for which there will be a posthumous tribute to a principal collaborator of the founding of Paseo Boricua, Ramón López, López. The program will also feature renowned musicians. Some who have participated in previous years are Willie Colón, Ismael Miranda, and El Gran Combo.

During the broadcast, HITN will include a colorful segment entitled “Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos” (“The Best of Our Towns”), which will highlight the culinary specialties and cultural traditions of the three towns in Puerto Rico. One of the towns is Hormigueros, on the west side of the island. It is also known as the “pilgrimage town,” because the Basílica of Nuestra Señora de Monserrate is located in the town’s historic district. Mayor Pedro Garcia Figueroa says, “This virtual festival makes us re-experience the emotions we had in 2011, on that journey from flag to flag, where we carried the image of our patron, Maria De Monserrate, in the same way we have always done it through the streets of my town. We open our arms to our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters on this occasion, and we embrace them, because we are all one people.” HITN will also highlight the town of Loiza in eastern Puerto Rico, which is known for its cultural richness and Afro-Puerto Rican roots. Julia M. Nazario Fuentes, Loiza’s Mayor says, “Culture has a wonderful ‘soul’ that transcends borders, and now we know that it also overcomes the difficulties of the pandemic. In 2018 we had the honor of visiting Chicago for the Bandera a Bandera event, where we joined in fellowship with the people of our diaspora. This year we have had the joy of being part of the event, thanks to the wonders of technology. We hope you like Burén de Lina and Sheila’s turbans, as well as the music of Belelé and Junte Loiceño. When we least imagine it, we will embrace each other again. Whether here or there, we will always be Puerto Ricans.”

Finally, will also highlight the town of Comerío in the east central part of the island, which is often called “La Perla del Plata” (“Pearl of the River Plata”), and was known as a center of obacco. Comerios’ Mayor, José “Josean” Santiago adds, “Our town is distinguished by the passion to keep our roots alive, which identifies us as Puerto Ricans. We are very proud to have been the first town to be included in Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos. Today, in celebrating 10 years, we remember, with much love and gratitude to all those who participated in this great event that marked our history and who have united us to the great Boricua community in Chicago. We send everyone a firm embrace and many blessings. If God allows it, we celebrate together the next Puerto Rican party of Bandera a Bandera together.” Former Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez will close the event from Comerio.

During HITN’s special program the mayors of these cities will reinforce and raise awareness to the importance of being counted in this year’s census, promoting citizen participation, in an effort to maximize the participation by Puerto Rican families as a whole. It should be noted that according to recent data, less than 30% of Puerto Ricans on the island have filled out their U.S. Census forms.

Chicago residents can tune in at8;30am CST via Comcast 647, DIRECTV 461, DISH 880, and U-verse 3055. The show will be broadcast in Puerto Rico via Liberty Cable.

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN ADDS ITS DIGITAL OFFERING “HITN GO” TO DIRECTV AND AT&T TV

By TV & DIGITAL

The fresh App with a renewed user experience has been added to DIRECTV and AT&T TV’s offerings to provide Spanish-speaking families access to a library of the best content, wherever and whenever they choose

Brooklyn, NYHITN TV announced today that the recently updated HITN GO application has been added to the offerings of DIRECTV and AT&T TV, making an extensive library of the best content in Spanish available to millions of Spanish-speaking subscribers. DIRECTV and AT&T TV customers will now be able to download the HITN GO app and use it at the time and place of their choice.

“We are delighted HITN GO’s digital content will be included on DIRECTV and AT&T TV, while reaffirming our commitment to offer value-added services that are well suited to current digital consumption patterns and have been made available in a timely manner to keep company with Hispanic families in the U.S. during this new normal that we are living,” said Eric Turpin, General Manager of HITN. He added, “AT&T’s integration of HITN GO on its TV services allows us to reach an audience of millions of Spanish speakers with the best content, so they can enjoy their favorite shows wherever and whenever they want.”

DIRECTV and AT&T TV will now offer its subscribers the HITN GO app so they can access a library of hundreds of hours of VOD content, including educational and informational programs, documentary spectaculars, and nature shows. The HITN GO app is also available for Android, iOS, Roku, and Apple TV.

The availability of content, channels, and offerings varies in each market, depending on the video subscription package that has been selected.

For more information, visit www.hitn.org.

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN LAUNCHES SPECIAL ELECTORAL COVERAGE

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN will launch its Electoral coverage campaign coverage including step by step voting information and daily updates in a multiplatform effort to inform and educate Spanish-speaking families on the importance and power of the US Latino Vote

Brooklyn, NYHITN TV announced its presidential coverage, an educational and informational campaign to encourage the Latino community to participate in the upcoming 2020 election. The campaign aims to help Latinos understand current events in the political arena and provide easy to understand, step by step information on the complex electoral system of the United States and provide important registration and voter education. The campaign starts this month with coverage of the Democratic and Republic conventions, including political analysis and interviews from political experts, and up to date election information across television, social and digital platforms.

The campaign will be hosted by acclaimed political commentator and host of HITN’s ‘Estudio DC’ Gerson Borrero who will feature interviews and panels from the Democratic and Republican conventions with a special focus on the issues that matter the most to Latino voters.

Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN, said: “The upcoming 2020 election represents a tremendous opportunity for Latinos to show their strength at the ballot box, and Spanish-language media organizations have a responsibility to provide resources that support civic engagement amongst Latinos.”

This year, Latinos are expected to make up the largest ethnic group, with a rising population of nearly 60 million in the United States. According the Pew Research Center, more than 32 Million Latinos will be eligible to vote in 2020. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only about 48% of Hispanics eligible to vote did so in the 2016 presidential election.

HITN will make its educational capsules and digital content on the electoral process available to educational institutions and organizations in the U.S. that will further reinforce and raise awareness to the importance of the Latino vote in this presidential election. And as in past presidential elections, HITN will cover the electoral process and will run through Election Day in November.

For more information, visit https://hitn.tv/

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN PRESENTS NEW SHOW WITH DR. SANJAY GUPTA

By HITN

America’s doctor, Sanjay Gupta, and his program “Vital Signs” will premiere on HITN’s Vida y Salud programming block

Brooklyn, NYHITN TV announced that the series Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is making its on-air debut on September 3rd, joining the Vida y Salud daily block offering.

Erika Vogt Lowell, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at HITN, said, “We are delighted to launch Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta within our health and wellness genre. It is a program with outstanding production values that provides viewers with insightful information about various medical conditions around the world. We are sure that the program will be well received by our audience, especially at a time when global health-related issues are the focus of everyone’s attention.”

Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is a half-hour series that will educate and enlighten viewers about the latest topics, trends and discoveries in health, wellness and medicine from all over the world. The program features medical pioneers and leaders in the field, highlighting technologies and developments related to health and well-being. Viewers will learn about their own health and the latest medical discoveries that are transforming every day’s life. Starting on September 3rd, viewers can enjoy Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, every Thursday at 4:00 pm Eastern / 1:00 pm Pacific.

HITN’s Vida y Salud programming block and website continues to keep its audience well-informed with Coronavirus safety information and new educational content. Along with reliable medical programming that offers a variety of health and wellness resources and recommendations, keeping Spanish-speaking families in the U.S. and Latin America up-to-date about the latest developments related to the pandemic.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Getting Your Child Ready for School During COVID-19 “Better to Prevent than Lament”

By LEARNING

What will school look like this fall? Will kids go back to school in-person or will they learn online? For many families this is not clear yet and whatever is decided, parents must have a plan to prepare their children for this unusual upcoming school year.

To help ease your worries we invite you to a bilingual Facebook Live with Magdalena Benitez, Consultant for Abriendo Puertas, who will help guide parents about how to support kids and develop an action plan for returning to school.

Join us Thursday, August 13th at 4pm ET/ 1pm PST and have your questions ready. She will be answering in English and Spanish!

¡Ingresa a Facebook Live!

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN and Chocolarte Cinema Win 3 Awards at the 6th Ponte Los Cortos Festival with the Short Film “When We Disconnect, We Connect”

By HITN

12 young people participated in the innovative digital cinematography program

San Juan, Puerto Rico– HITN in alliance with Fundación Cortés and its Third Edition of the Young Filmmakers program, participated for the third consecutive year in the Ponte los Cortos Youth Film Festival. “Through these last three Festivals, we have seen the evolution of Chocolarte Cinema, which has distinguished itself by winning high-value awards in our Ponte Los Cortos Festival (FPLC), which explores careers. The core of this youthful production house, supported by a solid group of educators, has positioned itself with each Festival, and they are the prototype of the demographic we want to impact. With each Festival, we have witnessed great results given their acquired experience, commitment, and passion. Chocolarte Cinema’s work remains a great legacy in the world of youth cinematography,” said Rob Ortiz, founder, and producer of the Festival.

The Young Filmmakers Summer Program uses real life experiences that aims to improve participants’ digital literacy skills while undertaking an original filmmaking project. Last summer, 12 young people between 12 and 18 years old participated; the majority of students from public schools, inadequate resources, and residents of communities near Old San Juan. The short film, “When We Disconnect, We Connect,” garnered seven nominations at the FPLC. “I can only feel pride in what has been achieved by these young people. They achieved their goal which was to compete again this year at the Ponte Los Cortos Festival. In just two weeks, they managed to make a great short film that led to winning three awards: BEST MEN’S CAST, BEST TIME BAROMETER AND BEST SHORT FILM in the junior category”, said Yanira Meléndez, Manager of Funded Initiatives at HITN Puerto Rico and in charge of the program. For her part, Nahir Moreno, film teacher of the program, said, “Once again we demonstrated how much we can achieve when we set our mind to it, in spite of the limitations.”

This last Young Filmmakers program was in July 2019, during the protests which forced the resignation of Governor Rosselló, which significantly impacted Puerto Rican society. “Our program is in the facilities of the Cortés Foundation in Old San Juan, we were in the place where everything happened, it was challenging and educating at the same time,” added Yanira Meléndez.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN Hosts ¡Tú Cuentas! LIVE Youth Shout Out

By HITN

HITN presented a virtual LIVE Youth Shout Out to celebrate nearly three hundred 4th grade students who participated in a city-wide Census Essay writing contest to compete for the title of HITN Student Census Ambassador New York City. This event is part of an on-going HITN campaign in collaboration with Schneps Media https://www.schnepsmedia.com/ and CUNY https://www.cuny.edu/ to raise awareness for participation in the Census with a special focus on the need for children to be counted in Census 2020.

¡Tú Cuentas! Live Youth Shout Out was led by Naomi Rivera, Executive Director, Government Affairs at HITN. The program kicked off with opening remarks from Executive Director of the New York City Census Julie Menin, “I can’t thank you enough on behalf of the City of New York for helping us to make sure we are getting the funding and the political power that our city deserves.” She added, “It’s your future that we are talking about, and you’re playing such an important role in helping us.” The ¡Tú Cuentas! Live Youth Shout Out also gathered city-wide community leaders such as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York State Senator Luis Sepulveda, New York State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer- Amato, and New York State Assemblyman Charles Falls. All joined the live event to give their special greetings and congratulatory messages to the audience of teachers, principals, parents, and 4th-grade students from each borough.

The program featured the students who wrote essays and proudly shared their hard work and answered questions on the importance of an accurate count, and what it means for them, their families, and their communities. The special program was energized with Live beats from DJ Lopez, who virtually traveled with HITN from one borough to the next spinning music during shout outs and congratulatory messages between boroughs and schools. The voting is now open to the public. CUNY Corps https://www.cuny.edu/ has selected the finalists, and now families, students, neighbors, and the community can meet the finalists, read their essays, and cast their votes on https://censusessay.hitn.org from now through 8/16/20.

Catch the program here:

Tu Cuentas! LIVE YOUTH SHOUT OUT! https://vimeo.com/442769074

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN LEARNING’S LIVE AND BILINGUAL SUMMER FUN en CASA SERIES!

By LEARNING

Brooklyn, NY – HITN Learning announced today Live Summer Fun en Casa Series! A variety of fun bilingual activities for kids Thursday’s and Friday’s in July and August, including concerts, read aloud sessions and workshops for kids. During this month, HITN Learning, is presenting the Latin Grammy nominee Sonia De Los Santos who has toured the world performing for families in English and Spanish.

“I’m sure that for millions of households where bilingual culture is a priority, this summer Fun en Casa Series! program will offer excellent entertainment to children during this difficult time where outdoors summer activities are limited amid the pandemic,” remarked David Rust, General Manager of HITN Learning. “Their educational and interactive approach to bilingualism is especially attractive for Hispanic families interested in seeing their children grow up to be perfectly bilingual and maintain traditional cultural values in ways that will enrich them as adults.”

Sonia De Los Santos said, “I have admired HITN Learning’s commitment to provide educational content to the Hispanic Latino community for years, and I’m thrilled to play these concerts from home for families to enjoy!” After each concert with Latin Grammy nominee Sonia De Los Santos, HITN Learning will offer participant families a chance to win a Cleo + Cuquin Family Fun! math kit for preschool children. Enjoy the concerts on next two Fridays, July 17th and 31st both at 11:00 a.m. EST.

HITN Learning, the educational division of HITN is also pleased to offer free 30 minute ‘Read Aloud with Children’s Authors’ events. First is a reading of Behind My Mask (Spanish: Detrás de mi cubrebocas) with authors Martha Samaniego Calderón, and Daniel Heiman. This timely read will help children explore their feelings and emotions about wearing a mask during the pandemic. After the reading, the authors will discuss their inspiration for writing this book and their experiences raising a bilingual family.

Martha Samaniego Calderón, and Daniel Heiman said, “We created this bilingual book about identity and emotions because they are intimately connected to our learning processes. It was specifically conceptualized to serve bicultural students and families. The unfinished nature of the book invites you, your families and communities to add your own voice and testimonials, which we feel is essential during these complex but equally hopeful times.”

The second event on Thursday, July 23rd at 3:00 p.m. EST. is with the award-winning children’s book author Raquel Ortiz. HITN Learning is inviting kids to join her as she performs a fun, interactive reading of her book, “Sofi and the Magical Musical Mural”. After the read aloud, join the author for a bilingual discussion about keeping your children engaged while reading together.

Raquel Ortiz said, “Promoting family literacy is instrumental in educating and empowering our communities. Through books and music that represent our people we celebrate our culture, share our history, and cultivate future generations of storytellers. And, we make reading fun, dynamic and accessible.”

The ‘Read Aloud with Children’s Authors’ events will also include Anika Denise, who has written many children’s books that celebrate her bicultural Puerto Rican-Italian heritage. At this event she will be reading her award-winning picture book, “Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré” Thursday, July 30th at 3:00 p.m. EST. Pura Belpré, is an immigrant who became the first children’s librarian from Puerto Rico.

HITN Learning’s Summer Fun en Casa Series! is also offering a free introductory small group coding workshop for children ages 9-12 in August. Children will learn how to code simple animations, tools and games using block coding. All those interested on the workshop need to register on-line first.

For more information on HITN Learning’s Summer Fun en Casa Series! visit: https://hitnlearning.org/summer-fun-en-casa/

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Facebook Live with Maria Alvarez, VP of Common Sense Latino – July 9th at 7pm

By LEARNING

Facebook Live with Maria Alvarez, VP of Common Sense Latino
“Managing Screen Time During Summer”

The time kids and teenagers spend in front of their electronic devices is a constant concern for parents, especially now that the school year is over. Many families will remain at home this summer due to the pandemic.

Join us Thursday, July 9th at 7 PM EDT for a bilingual Facebook Live event with Maria Alvarez, Vice President of Common Sense Latino, who will share how to make positive use of screen time while interacting with or watching quality content.

Leave us your questions in English or Spanish in the comments and we will answer them during our Facebook Live!

Join Facebook Live

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv