Whitehall residents have the opportunity to learn about Latino culture at a student-founded event that also links the Latino community to resources.

New Life Church Whitehall, 441 S. Yearling Road, will play host to the third annual Latino Night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11.

The church is a new venue for the event.

Latino Night first was held in December 2016 at Whitehall-Yearling High School under the guidance of Jose Morales, then a Spanish-language teacher at the school.

Morales' Spanish-heritage class of 22 native-speaking Spanish students helped organize the first event.

Latino Night is a community event open to the public and designed not only to showcase Latino culture but to provide resources for the Latino community, said Ty Debevoise, director of marketing and communications for Whitehall City Schools.

The event has grown, with about 400 attending last year's Latino Night in October 2017 at the high school.

Thirty-two agencies participated in last year's Latino Night, including the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, Capital University, Otterbein University and Whitehall United Methodist Church.

High school Principal Paul Smathers said the gathering is an opportunity for the school to reach out to residents.

Latino Night "is a great event to welcome our Latino community (and) embrace them as part of our community," he said.

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