El Paso Chihuahuas support Early Literacy at Head Start
Children at the Lyndon B. Johnson Head start center enjoyed a special visit from Chico the Chihuahua, the seven foot tall mascot of El Paso’s minor league baseball team, the El Paso Chihuahuas. The event was part of Head Start’s many immersive activities promoting early literacy and community partnerships.
“We are always very excited to come out to Head Start because we are more than just a baseball team, we are partners in our community and advocates for the education and success of its children,”said Chihuahuas’ Promotions and Community Relations Specialist, Rebeca Gutierrez. “We also visit schools at least twice a month for events like anti-bullying, red ribbon, and S.T.A.R rallies free of charge because we want to support our community as they have supported us.”
The children were engaged in Chico’s adventures as it was read aloud to them amid the clever antics and humorous interruptions of the mischievous mascot. “The kids absolutely love [Chico],” said Head Start Family Service Worker, Annette Macias. “And the fact that the story is interactive and there are questions and answers afterwards helps them to visualize and recall what was read, which is very important when learning to read at an early age.”
This was not the precocious pup’s first visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson Head Start, and according to Macias, it will not be his last, “We will definitely have him back at the end of the month,” said Macias, “He’s very popular so we have him visit twice a semester so that all the children have a chance to see him.”
To request an appearance from Chico, visit the El Paso Chihuahua’s website at, www.epchihuahuas.com.