For the past two years, Otwell Middle School and the Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund have built a partnership aimed at helping Latino parents from the Forsyth Central cluster learn how the school system works, how they can support their children at home and how to get involved at school.
Recently, a representative from the organization trained 35 local parents in their native language. The group graduated Oct. 25, receiving a certificate to celebrate the accomplishment.
Parents focused on topics such as: rights and responsibilities; parent-teacher partnership structure and function of the school and district; road to college; responsible leadership and teamwork; and strengthening communication skills.
Parents each week participated in sessions with the aim to be able to become more knowledgeable and to be able to better support their children in their studies.
According to Ali Cregan, family engagement coordinator at Otwell Middle School, the project also “help(s) unify the Latino parents at Otwell to have a stronger parent community.”