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Ellsworth celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month trivia night participants answer cultural questions at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 12, 2018. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Ellsworth AFB Diversity Council hosted a book reading at the Child Development Center and a trivia night at the Dakota’s Club. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Hispanic Heritage Month trivia night participants answer cultural questions at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 12, 2018. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Ellsworth AFB Diversity Council hosted a book reading at the Child Development Center and a trivia night at the Dakota’s Club. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A television advertises for Hispanic Heritage Month trivia night at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 12, 2018. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Ellsworth AFB Diversity Council hosted a book reading event at the Child Development Center on Sept. 19 and a trivia night at the Dakota’s Club on Oct. 12, where those in attendance answered questions about Hispanic heritage and culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A television advertises for Hispanic Heritage Month trivia night at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 12, 2018. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Ellsworth AFB Diversity Council hosted a book reading event at the Child Development Center on Sept. 19 and a trivia night at the Dakota’s Club on Oct. 12, where those in attendance answered questions about Hispanic heritage and culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Senior Airman Kashe Smith, a 28th Medical Group public health technician, asks a question about Hispanic culture at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 12, 2018. The trivia night was held in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated nationwide Sept. 15-Oct. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Senior Airman Kashe Smith, a 28th Medical Group public health technician, asks a question about Hispanic culture at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 12, 2018. The trivia night was held in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated nationwide Sept. 15-Oct. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Master Sgt. Tiffany Knight, the 28th Medical Group public health flight chief, plays trivia during a Hispanic Heritage Month event at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 12, 2018. In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, the Ellsworth AFB Diversity Council hosted trivia night at the Dakota’s Club and a reading at the Child Development Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Master Sgt. Tiffany Knight, the 28th Medical Group public health flight chief, plays trivia during a Hispanic Heritage Month event at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 12, 2018. In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, the Ellsworth AFB Diversity Council hosted trivia night at the Dakota’s Club and a reading at the Child Development Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is officially celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 15, the base Diversity Council hosted two cultural events on Ellsworth Air Force Base.

“We have a lot of Hispanic people here on base,” said Senior Airman Kashe Smith, a 28th Medical Group public health technician and Diversity Council member. “We use this month to let them know they are valued members of the Air Force and we want them to be proud of their heritage.”

Airmen volunteered for a book reading at the base’s Child Development Center on Sept. 19, where they read about colors in English and Spanish and made festive flowers out of tissue paper. This was later followed by a Hispanic Heritage Month trivia night at the Dakota’s Club on Oct. 12, where participants answered questions about Hispanic history, countries, language, and holidays.

“We did the trivia night because it seemed to be a good way to teach people about Hispanic culture,” Smith said. “We had fun and I hope we can do it next year.”

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