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El Monte Union High School District Represented at Annual State PTA Convention

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

El Monte

The 115th annual California PTA Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center was “the place to get the latest information on key issues, build the skills to strengthen your school and community, and have fun and connect with PTA leaders from across the state.”
The El Monte Union High School District was represented by Board of Trustees Vice President Esthela Torres de Siegrist who had an opportunity to discuss the District’s 83-year old Parent Education Program with California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas A. “Tom” Torlakson.
“In this truly unique educational offering, an adult family member accompanies their child, aged one to four, in a well-designed classroom learning environment,” Torres de Siegrist explained to Torlakson.  “The teacher is a highly trained early childhood expert, who is assisted by a very experienced instructional assistant.”
During two three-and-a-half-hour weekly sessions, children are taught their ABC’s, numbers and basic shapes and develop social skills as they prepare for kindergarten.
“An added bonus is that the majority of the adults accompanying the children in the program are English Language Learners,” said Torres de Siegrist.
Torres de Siegrist concluded by extending a personal invitation to Torlakson to visit the program first hand.
Convention attendees had an opportunity to select from more than 75 workshops, including nutrition, anti-bullying, disaster preparedness, increasing PTA membership, public speaking, child advocacy, special education and sessions designed just for students.  In addition, more than 150 booths showcased a variety of topics such as child safety, education and fundraising.
Inspiring and motivating keynote speakers, along with activities and special events, kept the convention interesting and productive.

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