Migrant program offers services to families

Migrant program offers services to families
photo of a group of parents

Weslaco ISD migrant families received vital academic strategies for their students, information for adult continuing education and donations from the RGV Food Bank during a Migrant Parent Advisory Council Meeting held recently.

“We want our migrant parents to know that we are here to serve them,” Migrant Program Director George Lopez said. “We, as a district, are here to help them with any challenges they are facing.”    

Observing CDC guidelines, migrant parents wore masks and socially distanced during this face-to-face workshop. 

Migrant Interventionist Mary Moreno led a reading and language strategies workshop for parents.  The migrant program is utilizing the pre-K – 12 on-line tool, Imagine Learning to help students with language arts.  

“With this workshop, we hope to empower parents to help students with their academic work. Parents are feeling overwhelmed with the students at home,” Moreno said. “We are recommending that students attend on-campus instruction.” 

Representatives from the federal Motivation Education Training (MET) Program also spoke to parents about the different courses available to them.  MET offers continuing education for migrant parents in programs such as welding and commercial driving.  Parents are paid while enrolled in these courses.  South Texas College representative Joe Martinez was also on hand to enroll parents in the GED program.  The RGV Food Bank provided donations for all families in attendance. 

WISD will continue to reach out to the migrant community.

 “We have been conducting home visits throughout the school year and helping parents with technical issues during the transition to on-line learning,” Moreno said.   

According to migrant specialist Mary Mendoza, the migrant program will host two additional meetings on April 27 and May 4 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the USDA Building.

 

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