…Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kikckbusch Also to Speak at Parent of the Year Program<!--:-->

U.S TREASURER ANNA ESCOBEDO CABRAL TO KEYNOTE THIRD PARENTS STEP AHEAD AWARDS GALA …Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kikckbusch Also to Speak at Parent of the Year Program

Dallas – U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Parents Step Ahead/Padres Un Paso Adelante “Parent of the Year” gala on December 4 in Dallas. The event honors six parents who participated in the nonprofit organization’s school-based parenting skills workshops during the year.

Respected education expert and renowned motivational speaker Lt. Col. (Ret.) Consuelo Castillo Kikckbusch also will deliver remarks at the ceremony, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Names of the parents being honored will be announced on November 24.

“We are thrilled that these two Latinas who have accomplished so much will be participating in our Parent of The Year gala,” said Lupita Colmenero, Chair of Parents Step Ahead and associate publisher of El Hispano News. “Their remarks will serve to inspire us, the perfect finale to what a milestone year for our organization.”

“United States Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral has a powerful personal story to tell. And Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch knows families, kids and education. This is a great combination of speakers who, with passion, wit and eloquence, will move the audience,” said Frank Gomez, Strategic Alliances Executive at Educational Testing Service and Parents Step Ahead board member.

To qualify for the Parent of the Year, parents or guardians must have attended one of the Parents Step Ahead seminars in the Dallas, Garland, Fort Worth or Irving independent school districts during the year. Parents who wish to be considered must write an essay about the importance of parental involvement in a child’s life. Their child also writes an essay about why his/her parent should be selected. A committee of local and national community and corporate leaders selects the winners. Honorees receive a plaque, a computer system, other gifts and the opportunity to speak with local and national community and corporate leaders about the importance of education.

“Parents who have made such an effort to ensure a better future for their children – often at great personal sacrifice – should be recognized every day of their lives,” said Colmenero. “Parents Step Ahead is proud to give them the public recognition they deserve for the example they are setting for their children and the community.”

Founded in 2006 by the publishers of El Hispano News, Parents Step Ahead will have reached nearly 10,500 parents in 24 schools in four school districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by the end of 2008. The organization was awarded nonprofit status in May. Look for information on 2009 parenting seminars in El Hispano News newspaper.

About Parents Step Ahead: A community outreach initiative aimed at educating, enabling and empowering parents to take a proactive role in the educational and personal development of their children. Please visit www.parentsstepahead.org

About El Hispano News: 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.

About Anna Escobedo Cabral: Anna Escobedo Cabral was nominated on July 27, 2004 by President George Bush to serve as the 42nd Treasurer of the United States. The Senate confirmed her on Nov. 20, 2004, and she took the oath of office on Dec. 13, 2004. For more information, visit http://www.ustreas.gov/organization

About Lt. Col. (Ret.) Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch: After graduating from Hardin Simmons University, Consuelo entered the U.S. Army as an officer and served for two decades. During that time, she broke barriers and set records in the military where she became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army. For more information you may visit http://premierespeakers.com/consuelo_castillo_kickbusch/bio

Parents Step Ahead is sponsored in part by Wal-Mart, GMAC Financial, American Airlines, Educational Testing Service, LATINAStyle Magazine, Rooms to go, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Univision, Anheuser Busch, Univision Radio, Pinnacle, and Rivera Catering, Inc.