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WDKX.com » Blog » Rochester School District Breaking Language Barriers
Apr 14th 2013 7:42 am
Rochester School District Breaking Language Barriers
by News


Gloria Sabastro is the proud parent of a Rochester City School District student... and for the first time ever, the district offered a conference in Spanish. One, Sabastro could finally understand.

"They want for Latinos to understand what the progress of their children are," she told us in Spanish.

About 200 parents signed up. They went over information aimed to help them encourage their children to succeed in school.

"There's no reason why a parent should not be able to receive the support that they need, regardless of whether they speak English or not," District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas explained.

Vargas says bilingual staff are available to help Latino parents. Vargas's message for student achievement is a three pronged approach that translates to all parents. He said, students need to attend class, do their homework and receive discipline from home.

"The Latino population in the city is very unique population and we want to give them the support that they need," Vargas said.

According to the latest census numbers, Rochester's Hispanic population is at 16.4 percent.

"This is a very important conference because this is the first time it has been done. An all Spanish conference," Ibero Action League President, Hilda Rosario told YNN.

The group helps the Latino population in the city.

"The program is fantastic," Sabastro told us. She said she's happy to live in a community where the school district breaks through language barriers to help their students succeed.

Source: YNN.com