Hispanic Author Raul Castillo Shares the Joy of Education with “La Bruja Que No Fue A La Escuela” With Families

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During Halloween weekend, Raul Castillo, a Hispanic author and educator, used a not so scary witch to bring home the point to Spanish-speaking families in his book "La Bruja Que No Fue A La Escuela" the importance of reading and writing at the offices of Ponce Reyna Agency/Farmers® Insurance in Aurora, Illinois.

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I was so happy to see these families come out and support this book. It means a lot to me because I want Hispanic parents and relatives to encourage their children’s learning. Reading and writing is so essential to building successful lives and careers.

During Halloween weekend, Raul Castillo, a Hispanic author and educator, used a not so scary witch to bring home the point to Spanish-speaking families in his book "La Bruja Que No Fue A La Escuela" (The Witch Who Never Went to School) the importance of reading and writing at the offices of Ponce Reyna Agency/Farmers® Insurance in Aurora, Illinois.

Dressed in festive costumes, the agency’s staff welcomed 25 families to personally meet Castillo and learn more about his book. This was one of a few stops that he presented a children’s book event in Aurora and Elgin, Illinois.

Written in Spanish for children ages 8 and up, Castillo's book describes a grandfather recalling a tale to his grandson of how the elder in his youth met a friendly witch who was in search of a school to develop reading and writing skills. Their encounter leads them to a local library where they discover the joy of reading and develop a friendship where the boy promises to help the witch in her quest for learning. The 13-page book is published by Fig Factor Media, LLC and contains color illustrations drawn by Patricia Sanchez, Castillo’s wife.

“I was so happy to see these families come out and support this book,” Castillo says. “It means a lot to me because I want Hispanic parents and relatives to encourage their children’s learning. Reading and writing is so essential to building successful lives and careers.”

Gabriela Reyna, owner of Ponce Reyna Agency/Farmers® Insurance, welcomed the idea to let have Castillo display his book and its positive message to children.

“As we help families with their insurance needs, we also wanted them to see the good things that local residents such as Raul Castillo are doing to help the Hispanic community.” Reyna says. “We recognize the importance of an education and we were proud to have Raul join us to bring that message home.”

For more information about Raul Castillo, visit http://www.rcontiveros.com.

About Raul Castillo:
As an educator in Mexico and The United States for over 30 years, Raul Castillo knows the important of education too well. A Spanish teacher at Elgin High School and a former elementary schoolteacher, he shares his message about the importance of reading and writing with his new book, “La Bruja Que No Fue A La Escuela” (The Witch Who Never Went to School). The 26-page book is published by Fig Factor Media, LLC and contains color illustrations drawn by Patricia Sanchez,
Castillo’s wife. For information about the book, visit http://www.rcontiveros.com.

About Ponce Reyna Agency/Farmers® Insurance
Gabriela Reyna is the award-winning owner of Ponce-Reyna Agency/Farmers® Insurance in Aurora, Illinois and a passionate insurance and financial services professional. She holds a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation and has more than a decade of experience in the insurance industry. Before founding her business, she worked at both State Farm and Allstate insurance agencies. As an individual sales representative she has won several sales awards and distinctions as a top producer before she founded Ponce Reyna in 2007 with her brother Francisco. The agency grew quickly, in part from its concentration on the Hispanic marketplace and her relationship building skills. For the last four years, her Farmers® Agency has been a President’s Council award honoree, which is reserved for the most esteemed Farmers agencies in the country.

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