ICYMI: Coverage of Back-to-School Events

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(Arlington, VA)—This August, The LIBRE Institute is holding Back-to-School events around the country. Today, Politico published an article highlighting these Back-to-School events. Events in Albuquerque and Denver are among those that have received local media coverage. Below are excerpts from the pieces.

 

Politico: Koch Group Uses Backpack Giveaways To Talk School Choice With Hispanic Families

Roughly 1,000 backpacks are being handed out at each event, and organizers said the backpacks were popular at giveaways earlier this month in Denver and Albuquerque, N.M. The next is Tuesday in Houston. Others are planned in Gainesville, Ga.; Chester, Va.; Reno and Las Vegas, Nev.; and McAllen, Texas.

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Diaz said polls have consistently shown that education is a priority in the Hispanic community, but “a lot of times, our community is over represented in schools that are not doing well, and it can be just devastating when a child has gone through all the education and is then not prepared to succeed.”

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For some students, public schools are a good option, but for those not in a good situation, “there are options and it’s important for our families to be able to access them,” she said.

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Diaz said families stopping by to get a backpack are encouraged to stop at stations to pick up supplies and chat about school options. They’re also given a trivia card that explains school choice facts, such as that charter schools aren’t private schools, but are instead publicly funded.

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Read the full article here.

 

KRQE: Local non-profit gives out 1,000 backpacks to Albuquerque kids

Monday is the first day of school for many children and one non-profit is making sure they are prepared.

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“I think in New Mexico, everybody knows that our educational system needs as much help as we can get,” said Michael Aguilar of the Libre Institute. “So the Libre Institute is here helping educate families about school choice and what programs are available for children that we provide.”

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The Libre Institute says it gave away 1,000 backpacks to local kids. 

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Read the full article here.

 

Telemundo Denver: Ivette Diaz Promotes The LIBRE Institute Back-to-school event

“Sabemos que la educación es clave para llegar a tener éxito. Entonces, queremos que la comunidad hispana empiece este ano escolar con el pie derecho y por eso estamos aportando esas mochilas”

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Watch the video here.

 

Univision: Univision Covers The LIBRE Institute Back to School Event

“Sabemos que la educación es clave para alcanzar el sueno americano y por eso estamos celebrando hoy”

“Es una gran oportunidad para la gente que no tiene recursos y ayuda mucha a la comunidad porque ha vemos y hay madres y padres que no pueden recurrir a las tiendas por esas cosas porque no tienen dinero.”

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Watch the video here.

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