Nearly 200 Spanish-speaking parents and their children attended last Thursday evening's "United We Can Make A Difference" meeting at Hesperia Junior High School.

Sponsored by the school's English Learners Advisory Committee, the meeting featured a presentation by Laura Lebron, a language arts teacher who serves as the schools English Language Learner coordinator. In Spanish, Ms. Lebron told parents about the history of bilingual education and presented the school district's master plan for ELL.

Introducing Ms. Lebron was ELAC Parent Committee Representative Lorena Cuevas, who also welcomed Principal Robert McCollum, Assistant Principal Paige Moyer, School Board Vice President Dr. Robert Kirk and others.

Parents also were invited to fill out a home language survey that several questions regarding their languages spoken at home and by their children.

Earlier in the program, student Carlos Rodriguez performed a number of melodies on classical guitar while dancers from Lebron's 7th and 8th grade classes performed two dances.