By Christine LaRouere
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer
LANSING, MI — The Lansing School Board of Education met on Feb. 6 to address issues voiced by parents, but to also highlight an accomplishment in the Lansing School district.
A significant topic at the board meeting was about the Chicano History Week from Feb. 2 through Feb. 8. Conversation specifically focused on an event held on Feb. 3 at Eastern High School to honor the week celebrated in Michigan.
Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul and Trustee Dr. Nino Rodriguez said they hope to see this kind of programming in the future.
Caamal Canul further explained that the Chicano Latino advisory committee presented a legislative resolution proclaiming this week as Chicano history week and residents can find the resolution at educational resources on the school board’s website.
“I was really impressed by the spirit of whole celebration there, and I hope that we can send the message to different places and our schools in the community,” Rodriguez said. “It was a beautiful meeting.”
According to Area Connect for the Lansing population, in 2000, 9.98 percent Hispanic or Latino people living in the area compared to the United States Census Bureau finding this demographic currently reaching 12.5 percent.
M.J. Garcia III, parent and writer who revised the Chicano resolution, said the children enjoyed the event and he hopes that they are proud to call themselves Chicanos.
“The thing that happened was that those attending were very moved,” Garcia said. “The kids got the benefit of the whole thing … They were very emotional in the fact that a Chicano event could be done.”
Because of the success of the event, Garcia expressed the need to have more events like this for the students and to have Chicano week celebrated again next year.
Follow-up with committees
When giving a report on what the Parent Advisory Committee talked about at the last meeting, Vice President Myra Ford said two distinct topics emerged; a new app and bus safety.
Ford said the committee presented information about the new app to be ready for people in a couple weeks for people who have iPhones and Androids. She added that the parents who were there were excited about utilizing technology.
Ford also said the committee heard parents thoughts about the bus system and what they are doing to try to make them safer.
“It is very difficult issue because bus drivers obviously has to keep their eyes on the road,” Ford said. “Some suggestions were to maybe have a parent volunteer to ride the bus.”
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