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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

Hillsboro Migrant Summer School brings in Mexican teachers for culture lessons “Resources for your Spanish Classroom”

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By Andrea Castillo, The Oregonian

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on July 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM, updated July 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Irene Osorio Pacheco

Irene Osorio Pacheco, 32, is a teacher in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was one of three teachers hired by the Hillsboro School District this year to teach Mexican culture during Migrant Summer School at Lincoln Street Elementary. (Andrea Castillo/Hillsboro Argus)

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The moment elementary teacher Irene Osorio Pacheco played a slideshow of her home state of Morelos, Mexico for her class of kindergartners, their perceptions of the country instantly changed.

"Wow, that's Mexico?" she recalled them saying in reaction to the photos.

Osorio Pacheco was one of three elementary teachers from Mexico brought to the Hillsboro School District in June under a federal migrant education program. The teachers integrated lessons of culture into the Migrant Summer School's regular curriculum focus of reading, writing and math.

The Bi-national Migrant Education Teacher Exchange Program is part of an initiative that started in 1976 to help migrant students in California. The departments of education in Mexico and the United States have since partnered to improve schooling for children who travel frequently between the two countries.

The program works like this: Migrant-heavy school districts are given federal funding each year to improve education for those students. School districts can use part of that money to request Mexican teachers for a limited time to help meet specific needs. For example, a teacher who speaks Mixtec — an indigenous language spoken in the state of Oaxaca — could provide support for students who arrive in the United States knowing little Spanish or English.

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