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Lynn Hispanic group marks its 15th anniversary

LYNN – Nearly 700 children participated in the recent 15th anniversary celebration of the Lynn Hispanic Community Unity and Development (CHUD).CHUD President Orfi Juhasz said all the community service organization’s members are bi-lingual and work with multiple social service agencies to give the city’s youth an opportunity to develop their own positive cultural identity.”This isn’t just for Spanish children. It’s for all the children of Lynn from infants to age 14,” she said. “We have lots of activities during the year and community service programs. We also work with the schools. If a student has a problem, they can call us and we talk to the principal. If the parents call us, we can advise them.”In some instances, misunderstandings arise due to language barriers, but CHUD is about resolving them. “If a student doesn’t understand a teacher, we ask them to talk to us so that we can resolve the problem,” said Juhasz, noting that CHUD also acts as an advocate for students with special interests, such as pursuing the arts.The non-profit organization from 1993 to 2006 served 3,925 Lynn children from all ethnic backgrounds, giving them technical assistance and special help, Juhasz said.”Our program will continue providing educational and prevention services and will be responsible for getting funds from different sources,” said Juhasz. “All funds will be used to buy educational items, books, recreational material, program supplies, and toys for the Christmas party.”In addition to Juhasz, the CHUD Board of Directors includes Vice President Agueda Jimenez, Treasurer Josefa Colon, Secretary Mercedes Grullon, and members Nicanor Jimenez, Nelsa Colon, Barbara Lizardo, Franklin Lizardo, Albertino Jimenez, Carmen Colon, Aurora Flores, Denia Martinez, Piroska Collard and Margarita Jimenez.The group meets at St. Joseph’s Hall at 29 Green St. For more information about CHUD, contact Juhasz at (978) 535-8307.

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