"La Cultura Cura"
The Culture Cures
"Bringing Parents &
Arthur, Community Liaison
Earhart Learning Center
N. Westmoreland Rd.
Dallas, Texas 75212
April 29, 2003
It has been a pleasure having you at our school,
Amelia Earhart Learning Center, this year, conducting
two parent programs-"Bringing Parents and
Schools Together" and "La Cultura Cura"
In addition to the wonderful information you shared
with the parents, the experience not only helped
to foster good relations among the parents themselves,
but increased significant parent participation
threefold over the past nine years. As community
liaison, my primary responsibility is to encourage
parents to involve themselves in school activities,
pursuant to a nationwide consensus that students
of involved parents experience more academic success.
In that this is the premise upon which this school
and 15 others in the Dallas ISD are based, I am
confident that these results will go a long way
towards improving school climate; this is particularly
as it relates to the parent-teacher relationship,
and, most importantly, the academic prowess of
our student population, despite the environmental
and economic challenges of our community.
At the conclusion of your 6-series workshop, "Bringing
Parents and Schools Together", parents did
not hesitate to express their desire for more.
The 8-series "La Cultura Cura" program
could not have been a better choice. It exposed
parents to valuable information about their own
cultures, as well as others, which to that point
may not have seemed so important. They learned
the origin of many of their familial practices,
i.e., foods they eat, celebrations they hold,
clothing they wear, etc. Several parents from
the primary cultures we studied--African-American
and Hispanic--admitted to not knowing much about
these origins, prior to this class. The pride
and delight at being able to freely explore these
connections shown brightly on their faces.
Other benefits garnered from your program included
the self-pride and self-worth that overcame them
uncontrollably. Additionally, they met neighbors
that they had seen from time-to-time at school,
but never knew (in several cases) they lived on
the same street. Some admitted that the weekly
class was a welcome change from long days at home
alone, doing housework and waiting to pick the
children up from school. In bringing along their
two and three-year-olds, parents witnessed firsthand
their children's openness towards other children
and eagerness to share their young ideas, games
and language with one another, fearless to the
supposed differences between them. Also, for the
first time in the 8-year existence of our school's
parent resource center, parents utilized it as
was originally intended--to make themselves at
home, caring for it and learning in it--a home
away from home. They now are anticipating doing
little things next school year to make it a true
resource center, with the personal touches of
each of their cultures.
We here at Earhart are eternally grateful for
your vision in developing such a valuable and
much-needed program. Both teachers and parents
have noticed the "change" in their students,
who displayed daily excitement and classroom enthusiasm,
at the knowledge that their parents were "coming
to school". We look forward to working with
you next school year, as, with your help, we are
committed to broadening our parent base, hence
magnifying our students' academic success.
thank you so much for all you do.
Community Liaison & Site Coordinator,
21st Century Community Learning Center, Grant