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Moline Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The city of Moline hoped to strengthen children's literacy at a block party last week. This celebration came from a partnership between Project NOW and the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Dwight Ford, Project NOW executive director says the block party kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month.

"And our teams work hard together to ensure that we can enjoy a real good celebration in honor of the culture, the history, and the significance of the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans."

During the block party, children were given books in Spanish and English, and volunteers signed families up for Head Start, an early childhood reading program.

"Our job is to give children a "headstart." So they won't be behind when they start kindergarten, and they'll be well on their way to overcoming many of the obstacles that life can present."

The block party included food trucks, small businesses, and live music. Ford says at next year's annual block party, Project NOW and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hope to find a bigger space, and include more young people in the programming.