Dallas, Texas, September 25, 2014 – Last week was the opening of the Library and Children’s learning center which began with the signing of a letter of intent between the Mexican Consulate General in Dallas and the University of North Texas (UNT). The agreement established a ventanilla de educación (education window) at the consulate; which will provide information on education and strengthen cooperation with Mexican universities. Parents Step Ahead was present in the signing and the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Children’s Center.
The opening of the Children’s Center is part of an educational initiative to serve as a consular library and learning center, dedicated to children. Both spaces bring new educational tools for students of all levels. Speakers at the ribbon cutting were the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, Dr. Jose Octavio Tripp, Dr. Warren Burggren, UNT provost, Miguel Solis, president of the Dallas Independent School District, founder of Parents Step Ahead Lupita Colemnero and Esteban Pimentel, the project coordinator for the center.
In the partnership with McDonalds and Moroch, Parents Step Ahead was able to provide new books for the center, as well as six new computers to come with educational programs for kids. “We do this for the kids, if a family understands they’ll be waiting here at the consulate for hours. We now have a center for the kids where they have access to books, computers, and educational programs.” said Lupita Colmenero of Parents Step Ahead. “We could not do this without the support of our great sponsors. Thanks to Veronica Ruano an Owner/Operator at McDonald’s and board member of Parents Step Ahead, Alberto Romero Owner Operator at McDonald’s, Gary Sanchez with Moroch Partners and Derek Stumfall for providing the computers.
About Parents Step Ahead
Parents Step Ahead is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization with a mission “to recognize, educate, and enable and empower parents to take a proactive role in the educational and personal development of their children.” The organization works in partnership with corporations and community organizations to offer a series of programs for parents to demonstrate the importance of parental involvement. Programs are free and include dinner, childcare. www.parentsstepahead.org.