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Thank You: Migrant Education Parent Conference kudos

March 11, 2002

On behalf of Imperial County Office of Education/Migrant Education Department, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the success of our inaugural Migrant Education Parent Conference.

This event was held on Feb. 2 at Imperial Valley College. The Migrant Education Parent Conference was a huge success thanks to the generous participation of many local and talented professionals who donated their time and shared their knowledge with our migrant parents. We were very fortunate to have the following outstanding presenters at our parent conference: Jessie Luera de Los Santos; Celina Gonzalez; Sandra Kofford; Rebecca Monroy; Esteban Jaramillo; Abe Sanchez; Frank Martinez; Juan Cruz; Thomas X. Gilkison; Dolores Ganelon; Mauricio Nuño; Lupe Quintero; and Siria Coral-Caloca.

The participation of local organizations/institutions enhanced the overall effectiveness of our conference by displaying educational information for our parents. These organizations/institutions included: Books are Fun; state of California Agricultural Labor Relations Board; Southwest Voter Registration Education Project; Pioneers Health Center; UC San Diego Early Academic Outreach; Center for Employment Training; Student Well Being and Family Resources; San Diego State University student services; Imperial Valley College; University of California Office of the President; Employment Development Department; California Rural Legal Assistance; Center for Family Solutions; Imperial County Social Services; and March of Dimes.

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A special thank you to Dr. Alejandro Saragoza, professor at UC Berkeley, for giving such an inspirational and powerful keynote speech that not only touched parents but all who attended.

I also want to thank the following: the Migrant Regional Parent Advisory Council for their continued support and assistance in the event; migrant education preschool personnel for their assistance with child care; Imperial Valley College for allowing us to use their facility and access to the Pioneers' Museum; Rick Bendix of Imperial County Office of Education for making the technology Mobile Learning Lab available for the students; Burger King for assisting us with the children's meals; and Mini-Corps and migrant education teacher preparation program students for helping as facilitators.

My most sincere appreciation is extended to the school districts of Imperial County for their continued support and assistance to the migrant education program. Finally, I want to acknowledge and extend my genuine gratitude to the migrant education regional staff for their hard work and dedication to ensure that the parent conference would be a huge success.

JAIME SILVA

Migrant education director

Imperial County

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