MOULTRIE — On Dec. 6, Norman Park Elementary School held an informational program for parents called, “Hola! You Can Make a Difference!”

The program was designed to inform parents of community services available to help them in various ways and to show them ways to help their children learn in their homes. Juana Williams, translator for Colquitt County Schools, translated for those parents who did not speak English as their native language. Therefore, all parents understood the program and had a chance to ask questions.

Phyllis Edwards of Communities in Schools showed the parents how to make learning fun by using common things found in their homes. Using volunteer students from the audience, she demonstrated easy but effective ways to learn math concepts, vocabulary and other educational concepts.

Brad Knox from Moultrie Technical College spoke about the free English classes that are available at MTC. Knox stressed the importance of students seeing their parents interested in their education. The English classes would help the parents succeed in everyday activities as well as giving them more tools to help their children succeed in school, he said.

Victor Sebastian Rodriguez of Willie J. Williams Middle School and Juan Miguel Ramirez of C.A. Gray Middle School — teachers from Mexico — discussed their roles at their schools. They are participating in the Georgia Project, which allows them to help bridge the gap for ESOL students.

A representative from Ellenton Clinic spoke about the services available through that facility. Ellenton clinic offers English classes, after school tutoring for migrant students and medical services to the families.

About 65 parents and students attended the program. Norman Park Principal Keith Adams, ESOL teacher Linda Strange, and parent involvement coordinators Pam Heidelberg and Angie Brooks all deemed the program a success.

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