EDINBURG – The Edinburg Rotary Club recently recognized the top students from the Migrant Education Program at the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District.
"I want to thank the Edinburg Rotary Club for showcasing our migrant students and allowing them to express their gratitude, their humbleness, their uniqueness, and the accomplishments they received," said ECISD Migrant Education Program Coordinator Patricio Escamilla.
Rotarians heard from the students, who spoke about their experiences in the Migrant Education Program, achievements, and plans after graduation during a video presentation. The students' recognition is part of the Edinburg Rotary's Student of the Month Program held during the community service organization's luncheon meeting at the Echo Hotel.
The Edinburg Rotary recognized the following students:
- Edinburg High School senior Linda J. Rodriguez
- Edinburg High School senior Lucas R. Rodriguez
- Edinburg North High School senior Ahsaki Maytee Jordan
- Edinburg North High School senior Noe Hernandez
- Economedes High School senior Miriam Abigail Urquiza
- Economedes High School senior Emanuel Aggeo Flores
- Vela High School senior Verenice Ramos
- Vela High School senior Bernardo Chapa Jr.
The Migrant Education Program serves approximately 1,400 students. The program aims to help students and their families with many educational services available to them when returning to Edinburg CISD.
Many migrant students enroll in other schools when they travel up north with their families and take on jobs in the agriculture or fishing industries.
Escamilla said that migrant children, as young as 3 years old, may qualify for the Bright Beginnings Program, where educators work in conjunction with parents to provide educational lessons at home for their children.
"Our greatest resources are our counselors," Escamilla said. "We have some migrant counselors in the middle schools and high schools that are able to guide and nourish our students all the way up through graduation."
Some of the academic resources available to students through the Migrant Education Program include counseling, obtaining concurrent enrollment and dual credit courses, participation in Advanced Placement classes, support with taking entrance exams, clothing, and school supplies.
For more information on the ECISD Migrant Education Program, please call (956) 289-2300 and ask for Debra Ramirez at extension 2105 or Rolando Vargas at 2106.