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Summer school ends with celebración

Summer school came to an end last week for local students and the youth who migrate between California and Mexico so their parents can work in Colusa County’s bountiful agriculture industry.
The County Office of Education’s summer school and Binational Migrant Educational Program celebrated the completion of summer school with an open house at the Education Village on July 12.
“This is what we call the Clausura, in Spanish, which is the closure for the summer program that we ran here is Williams,” said Hector Gonzalez, director of the Butte County Office of Education’s migrant program, a partner in Colusa County’s summer education program.
The two counties partnered with Williams Unified School District, Woodland Community College, and CalKidz to provide educational opportunities to 258 youth in fourth through 12th grades.
“We have a lot of wonderful partners who make this happen,” said Maria Arvizu-Espinoza, Colusa County Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
The Williams school district had two programs: one at the Education Village and one at the Elementary School.
Migrant students, as well as those in the Williams and Maxwell school districts, enrolled in the summer school program, largely as an opportunity to combat summer learning loss.
“About half of the students are migrant,” Arvizu-Espinoza said.
Several hundred people attended the Clausura, including more than 100 students who showed off their art, digital skills, writing, and music projects, as well as performed a variety of folk and other dances.
The Binational Migrant Education Program is an international program between the Secretary of Public Education of Mexico and the California Department of Education.
Gonzalez said two Binational teachers from Mexico were brought in to work with a local credentialed teacher to teach summer school.
The Mexican teachers had the opportunity to learn first-hand about California educational standards, curriculum, and instruction, as well as learn about American and local culture, Gonzalez said.
“In turn, they take back the information, so when they receive a migrant kid that goes back to Mexico, they understand where they came from, and they understand what educational system they were under, so when they get home, the hope is (Mexico) will be able to serve them better,” Gonzales said. “They will understand what the kids went through, and what their needs are.”
Mike West, Colusa County superintendent of schools, said the Clausura was a wonderful way to celebrate educational opportunities for children, which were made possibly by the partners, the school district, and educators involved.
CalKidz, which provided two hot meals each day during the summer school program, sponsored the dinner.
Laura Cervantes Family Child Care Home, of Colusa, provided water and beverages■

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net

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