Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Valedictorians Kandy Diaz and Marisol Miranda: two of 450 graduating high school seniors to be recognized this Sunday

COPLA, the Comité de Padres Latinos/Committee of Latino Parents, in partnership with community stakeholders, will host its 4th Annual Hispanic Student Graduation Celebration and Parent Recognition Event for the Class of 2011 this Sunday, June 12, at Boone Business Building at Trevecca Nazarene University. The doors open to this invitation-only event at 4:30 p.m., with a dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a ceremony at 6 p.m. (RSVPs closed last Friday, June 3.)

In 2008, the inaugural year for this celebration, the COPLA board voted to host this type of event each year under the theme ¡Lo Logramos! (We Made It!).

Nearly 450 Metro School Hispanic seniors - including Cane Ridge Valedictorian Kandy Diaz and Hunter's Lane Valedictorian Marisol Miranda - will be recognized along with their parents. Mayor Karl Dean, Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, School Board Chair Gracie Porter, other dignitaries and guests will address the students and their families. This year’s keynote speaker will be local artist and radio personality Jaci Velasquez.

COPLA was organized five years ago to help build relationships with the parents of Hispanic students, who comprise more than 16% of the district’s student population. The organization continuously shares information and resources available to Spanish-speaking families, as well as develops ways to educate families on the important role of parental involvement in student success.

For more information about COPLA, contact coplacomite@aol.com

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