Monday, October 13, 2008

Conexion Americas' clients pay it forward with new parenting program at Overton High

Hispanic Council launches, leads class

The Tennessean reported here that a new class for Hispanic parents at Overton High School is teaching basics like understanding the American GPA system, college admissions, and also child advocacy like fighting for tougher coursework and positive reinforcement of children.

The class was created and is taught largely through Conexion Americas' Hispanic Council, a group of former clients of the integration-focused organization.

The participants in the class for parents are making a sacrifice to attend. According to the article, Overton parent ConcepciĆ³n Sanchez "works at a Mexican restaurant from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. most days but takes Thursday nights off for the program."

According to the article, 50 families are signed up to take the class.

Statistics cited by the Tennessean are that over 100 languages are spoken district-wide, and that there were 10,514 Hispanic students in Nashville's schools last year, or 14% of the overall population.

Photo of Catalina, from Morelos, Mexico, courtesy of Conexion Americas' Hispanic Council page

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