Edinburg – Economedes High School: This year the members of the Sky's the Limit Migrant Club decided to present another play to their fellow classmates and the community. This year's play "Harvest of Dreams" was performed in front of over 1000 students and staff. It is a play geared towards one main focus; to expose the migrant way of life, while at the same time, educate the students and the community about the importance of going on and getting a post-secondary education. The play portrays the life of a young girl whose dream was to someday make her mother proud. She promised to make the best grades she could and set a goal for herself, "I will be number one or number two in my graduating class, but I refuse to be number three." This play was inspired by the events in the life of a former migrant student at our school, Sofia Velazquez, whose dream was to attend Harvard University.
Historically, local Hispanic families travel many miles to find work and every year they migrate. They follow the harvest with hope that they will be able to bring home enough money to pay their property taxes, add a room to their home, buy a vehicle, buy clothes for their children for school, etc. These economically disadvantaged families struggle to make ends meet and their only hope is that their children go on to college so that they, their children, do not continue in the same cycle of poverty. This project was meant to open the public’s eyes to the heartfelt truth that children, as young as seven years of age, pick the very fruits and vegetables that we put on our tables every day.
The club members who participated in the play as cast and backstage got together after school and on Saturdays to practice and put this project into motion. These are students who seldom get involved in activities that make them get out of their comfort zone. They are students who allowed themselves to explore and to get involved. This community project was was performed in the Albert Garza, Jr. Performing Arts Center with the assistance of the Jaguar Theater Technical Crew and the PAC managers, Arnold Molina and Julio Gomez. It took 35 students to put this play together. We thank Dr. Garza for his support of this educational play which was a great success.
Royal Court of Honor
(Sitting) Gabriel Reyes - King
(Top L - R) Luis Gonzalez - Prince, Daisy Colin - Princess and
Evelyn Saenz - Queen
These students were selected by club members to represent the club in the homecoming parade. This is the second year the the Sky's the Limit Migrant Club votes to have a Royal Court of Honor. The King and Queen had to be migrant seniors, whereas, the Prince and the Princess could be any grade level and could be migrant or non-migrant members. This year all of the students in the Royal Court of Honor are migrant students.
Harvest to Harvard
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - There were a thousand migrant students from all over the Valley, including all of the Edinburg School District secondary schools: Edinburg High School, Edinburg North High School, Johnny G. Economedes High School and Robert Vela High School. The students attended the From Harvest to Harvard Youth Leadership Conference at Abundant Grace. Noemi Ochoa from “Migrants in Action” invited Dr. Lisa Ramirez, Director of Migrant Education in Washington, D.C. to share her inspiring story with the students. She spoke about overcoming her own challenging life’s struggles as she was determined to break the migrant farm worker cycle and she motivated them to stay focused and to reach their own goals.
The migrant program held the first migrant parent meeting on October 16, 2013. The Motivation, Education and Training specialist, Ms. Eva Martinez, presented to the migrant parents about different job opportunities. Mrs. Alejos and the migrant staff presented information on the migrant program services offered at Johnny G. Economedes.
The JEHS Migrant Program held their second migrant parent meeting on Wednesday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The University of Texas at Pan American High School Equivalency Program recruiter, Jaime Garza, presented parents the opportunity to attend the HEP - GED Program if they did not get a chance to finish high school. Mrs. Alejos presented on college admissions and the importance of applying for financial aid early for parents of migrant seniors. The program would like to thank all the parents who made it out to the meeting in spite of the cold weather and a special thank you to all staff and migrant club members who attended.