Photo courtesy of New Jersey State Police.

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY — The Hispanic Association of Atlantic County hosted nearly 600 children at the annual El Día De Los Reyes (Three Kings Day) celebration on Jan. 7 at Our Lady Star of the Sea School Gymnasium.

This celebration is an integral part of the Christmas tradition throughout Latin America.

Highlighting the great culture and leadership in South Jersey’s Hispanic community.

“Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers this was once again an outstanding event, not only in keeping the tradition alive, but also bring smiles to hundreds of children,” HAAC said in a statement. 

Several members of the New Jersey Latino American Trooper Society (NJLATS) attended the celebration. NJLATS had collected donations and delivered gifts for the celebration. During the event, troopers talked to attendees about their respective backgrounds and careers.

Photo courtesy New Jersey State Police.

The society said it was also a special homecoming for Trooper Kathia Alvarez, who was born and raised in Atlantic City. She spoke to families in attendance about her experience growing up in Atlantic City and attending the same schools as many of the children present at the event.The mission of HAAC is to promote the diverse Hispanic cultural heritage, while advocating for policies and educational opportunities that affect Hispanics. 

HAAC will hold its next meeting at the Stockton University Atlantic City campus on Monday, Jan. 23.

Photo courtesy New Jersey State Police.

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