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Learning fair comes to Coastal Bend
Jul 24, 2010 | 573 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUSTIN – A nationally acclaimed education program for increased parental involvement and college-readiness in Latino communities is headed to the Corpus Christi area.

The Feria Para Aprender (The Learning Fair) will take place on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown. The event is free and open to the public.

Feria Para Aprender is defined as a “mobilization event” with a three-tiered methodology focused year-round on a region’s nonprofit educational alignment, parental navigation and economic development.

The program culminates with a Feria where Hispanic and Spanish language communities are shown how to navigate the U.S. education system from cradle to career through a systematic design around pre-K, primary and secondary education, college and careers.

“We’re very excited to bring the Feria Para Aprender to our area. We will be the second Texas market to hold this event before others launch across Texas within the year,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, executive director of the Coastal Bend Partners for College & Career Readiness, the area’s Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board P-16 Council.

“The Feria is not just about one day but rather a long-term plan to train nonprofits and education groups in a region to scale with the demographic shifts and to better engage the fast-growing Hispanic population in a region.”

The day will include the following:

• An educational pathway from pre-K to college

• Five career zones focused on the critical workforce development areas for the region: Education, Healthcare, Energy, Tourism and Construction

• Reading gardens and theatrical story-reading with 1,000 books given away

• Photo visualization area (every child will get a photo in cap and gown or professional attire)

• Mock bilingual education and dual language classrooms

• Hands-on science and technology activities such as robotics and medical demonstrations

• A Commitment Zone where parents and students illustrate their aspirations on a mural

• Back-to-school supplies giveaway

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