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District 214 bilingual parent group sponsors author's talk

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The Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee is sponsoring a presentation in Spanish by Reyna Grande, an award winning author, speaker and educator. The event will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights.

Her memoir, "The Distance Between Us," about her childhood in Mexico and her young adulthood in the United States, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The Los Angeles Times called it, "The Angela's Ashes" of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.

There also will be student awards, a dance performance, a raffle, and refreshments. For information, contact Norman Kane, District 214 ELL director, at (847) 718-7836. Parents also can call their local Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee representative -- Wheeling High School, Bertha Sanchez, (847) 718-7074; Buffalo Grove High School, Alfonso Cides, (847) 718-4221; Rolling Meadows High School, Gabriela Medina, (847) 718--5669; Elk Grove High School, Ruby Aleman, (847) 718-4449; Prospect High School, Colleen Carroll, (847) 718-5277; John Hersey High School, Celia DeLeon, (847) 718-4859; and Newcomer Center, Francisco Cortez, (847) 718-7937.

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