Carolyn Webber Alder, Park Record

In a glass-walled office on Park City High School’s second floor, inspirational quotes in Spanish and photos of Hispanic icons like Dolores Huerta plaster the interior.

The images are visible to students passing through the hallways. It’s an intentional move by the woman who works inside. She knows firsthand how important it is to see one’s culture represented when walking through school halls as a teenager.

The woman sitting behind the desk is Rebeca Gonzalez, program manager of Bright Futures, an emerging program that aims to prepare Latino students for college. After graduating from the high school five years ago, she has her eyes set on closing the opportunity gap for students in Park City who, like her, are first-generation college students from low-income families.

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In Park City School District's summer education program, oder students 
visit the younger kids to help them practice reading.  The program is part
of the district's initiative to provide extra resources to its Latino population 
and close the opportunity gap.  (photo by Tanzi Propst/Park Record) 

Note:  PCEF donors support the Bright Futures program.




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