El Hispano News “Parents Step Ahead” first event exceeds 300

Dallas , TX September 30, 2006 —Over 300 people participated at the first “Parents Step Ahead” event held at John W. Runyon Elementary. El Hispano News’ “Parents Step Ahead” is a community outreach initiative with the mission of educating, enabling and empowering parents to take an active role in the educational and personal development of their children.

Event participants attended several seminars ranging from internet safety, financial literacy, test taking skills, dangers of drugs and gang violence to underage drinking. Additionally, information booths were available for participants to ask questions and receive literature. A raffle of a home computer system was held at the end of the event, Laura Huerta was the winner. One home computer raffle will be held at the end of each event.

The program, with the support of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), the National Association of Hispanic Publications and corporate sponsors, is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and includes a complimentary breakfast. Event schedule is as follows:

Oct. 21 Leila P. Cowart Elementary School

1515 S. Ravinia Dr.

Dallas, TX 75211

Nov. 4 Julian T. Saldivar Elementary School

9510 Brockbanck Drive

Dallas , TX 75220

“I feel that this is a great program, and in light of current events, there is an opportunity for AT&T to be proactive in the fight against internet predators” said Terri Johnson from AT&T, a corporate volunteer. Pat Mullins from MVParents.com in partnership with Coors added; “This program is a validation of what young kids are going through…during my seminar two young boys sat in because their parents were abusing alcohol and drugs and they wanted to try to help them. I appreciate the difference “Parents Step Ahead” will make in the lives of families.”

To conclude the program, an Advisory Committee, comprised of local corporate and community leaders, will select participants from the past three events to recognize them as the “Parents Step Ahead” Parents of the Year; and award them with various prizes at El Hispano News’ 20th Anniversary Gala on December 7th, 2006 , at the Westin City Center Dallas. The winner will be based on 100% seminar attendance and participation.

Parents Step Ahead is sponsored by American Airlines, Wal-Mart, Coors, AT&T, ETS, UnitedHealthcare, DCCCD, GMAC Financial, Latina Style, El Extra, Novedades News, El Lider USA . And La Paloma Restaurants

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El Hispano News is the oldest Hispanic publication in the Dallas – Fort Worth area; serving the Hispanic community since 1986. Please visit: www.elhispanonews.com