Let’s Play in Italian
Here’s exciting news about a Hoboken-based business!
Hoboken’s “Lets Play in Italian” honored by NIAF
“Let’s Play In Italian”,a Hoboken business was recently honored as one a recipient of an educational grant from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). “Let’s play in Italian” is a mommy and me play group in Italian. NIAF is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. The gala was held on Thursday, January 31,2008 at the Italian Consulate in Manhattan to include a cocktail party with over 100 attendees. Special guest included Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York.” It is an honor to be in the company of the very best of the Italian American community. This grant will enable our organization to continue to foster the Italian culture to the younger generation, “says Founding Director Catiana Celentano.
“In today’s fast paced and hectic world, it’s more important than ever that we make an effort to retain elements of our Italian heritage and culture” added Celentano. “We think the “Let’s play in Italian” playgroup method will help moms and their children to learn Italian while having fun together. ”
Let’s play in Italian uses a play group method for children 6 months and up in a fun setting to introduce Italian as a second language Celentano started the business in November of 2006 and in addition to the Hoboken location, has others in Westfield, Springfield, East Hanover and Edison. Celentano’s vision for the business was born of a desire to create the same feeling and atmosphere that you would often find at your Italian grandmothers home. Celentano has two young children of her own and had often initiated “Let’s play in Italian” sessions in her own home complete with Italian nursery rhymes, games, flash cards, foods and more.
For more information, log on to www.letsplayinitalian.com