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Migrant Education Program Holds Annual Fall Festival for Migrant Families

October 19, 2017

Each Fall the Title I Migrant Education Program puts on a festival exclusively for all migrant families in Hillsborough County, and once again it did not disappoint. Over 500 people attended this event, at no charge. Families gathered together to eat a barbecue lunch while enjoying music by DJ Pandora, and had the opportunity to have Migrant ID badges made, pick out clothes from the thrift store, and received health screenings and a wealth of resources from partnering agencies throughout Hillsborough County. There were a variety of educational activities to entertain the children, and 200 students received free book bags and school supplies.

“It is an honor to serve as supervisor of this program, my staff inspires me to be the very best and it’s a privilege to serve the migrant children and families with all of them each day.” said CarolAnn Mayo, supervisor of the Migrant Education Program.

Families had a chance to pick from an array of clothing in a thrift shop organized by volunteers. The free clothing items were categorized and ranged from infant to adult sizes thanks to donations from HCPS staff and OASIS, which provides underprivileged students in Hillsborough County with basic necessities.

Maria Wyatt, migrant advocate at Bryan Elementary and Jackson Elementary provided a petting zoo, with animals from her farm, Maria’s Farm. The interaction is equally as important for the animals as it is for the children, because these animals often come to the farm due to health reasons and look forward to the compassion and attention of others.

Families lined up to receive information from Florida KidCare, who partner with the Children’s Board Family Resource Center to help families sign up for healthcare through Marketplace open enrollment. Suncoast Community Health Centers set up two large medical vans for dental hygiene presentations, fluoride treatments and medical screenings.  Suncoast will also come out to schools throughout the year and provide educational programs and screenings to students.

High school students from Plant City High School’s Latin Quarters Club and Strawberry Crest High School were seen smiling while volunteering their time to support the Migrant Education Program.

The festival provided students and their families the chance to enjoy a fun-filled day together in a relaxed environment around people who support them.

Special thank you to the following agencies for coming out to show their support:

Bay Area Legal Services

A regional, nonprofit public interest law firm providing the highest quality legal counsel by assisting individuals and nonprofit groups with limited access to legal services; resolving the legal problems of our clients 

Children's Board of Hillsborough County

Children’s Board Family Resource Center provided information on their programs and services emphasizing child development and health and safety available at no cost to members.

Family Healthcare Foundation

Provided the community with resources and access to quality healthcare through Florida KidCare, the umbrella brand for the four government-sponsored health insurance programs – Medicaid, MediKids, Florida Healthy Kids and the Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan – that together provide a seamless continuum of coverage for Florida children from birth through the end of age 18.

  Farmworker Career Development Program, Hillsborough County

Provided education, information and resources to Migrant families. Through the Florida Department of Education, the program provides career services and appropriate training leading to year-round, unsubsidized employment to eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and to provide emergency stabilization services such as food, rent, etc. to those who choose to stay in farm work.

Florida Department of Agriculture   

 Provided pesticide safety tips to families for when they are at work and home.

Focus 4 Beauty Career Institute

Students and instructors from the institute provided free haircuts to families. 

HEP / CAMP

HEP-provides free GED instruction and vocational services to migrant/seasonal residential and commuter students. CAMP-provide academic and financial assistance to migrant/seasonal freshman at USF. 

Hispanic Services Council

The community-based organization works to improve the quality of life of all Hillsborough County residents by promoting academic success of children and youth, providing immigration legal services, supporting the development of healthy communities and promoting leadership and engagement among Latinos.

Law Offices of Hernandez and Smith

Provided immigration legal consultations to families.

Pasos al Futuro

Pasos is a Hillsborough County Public Schools sponsored event. This program was uniquely created to equip and empower all 8th -12th grade Hispanic/Latino students identifying Spanish as their primary language on college and career readiness. The presentation is conducted completely in Spanish and seeks to educate our families on the complexities of the college preparation and admission process.

RCMA

RCMA provides early child care & education and family support services to low income migrant & seasonal farm working families of children 0-5.

San Jose Mission Clinic

Provided glucose and blood pressure screenings. This San Jose Mission is a residential community and education/social services campus for farmworker families in Plant City, FL.

Suncoast Community Health Center

Provided fluoride treatment, dental hygiene tips, along with health services, including blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar testing.

The Spring of Tampa Bay

Provided domestic violence prevention resources. The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc. works to prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families and communities.

Walgreens

Provided free flu shots to all families who were interested.

 

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