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Televisa Foundation PRESENTS “LIVE THE DREAM” bringing celebrities and latino leaders TO INSPIRE Students AND PROMOTE EDUCATION
HOUSTON (FEB. 20, 2013) –Over 500 students were inspired by actor Cesar Evora and University of Houston Professor Arturo Hernandez to follow their dreams and continue their education as part of the Televisa Foundation “Live the Dream” initiative. The Televisa Foundation returned to Houston to present Live the Dream, which is intended to inspire English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 public schools to pursue their dreams and educational goals by partnering with Latino leaders and celebrities. Televisa Foundation held Live the Dream presentations at Burbank Middle School, Coop Elementary and Hartman Middle School in the Houston Independent School District.
Arturo Hernandez, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Developmental Psychology Program at the University of Houston, and Cesar Evora, actor, were the guest speakers at the Houston Live the Dream events.
“English learners are the fastest-growing student population in the U.S. and 82 percent report Spanish as the language most often spoken at home,” said Alejandro Villanueva, Director, Televisa Foundation. “Live the Dream will let students know that even when facing insurmountable challenges, through education, drive and determination, their dreams are within reach.”
Live the Dream invites Latino leaders and celebrities to visit public schools that have a significant presence of ELLs for an informal conversation with students on what it truly takes to follow your dream. Celebrities will share personal experiences overcoming challenges and motivate students to pursue their education. Live the Dream ’s three main objectives are to:
- Help students define their dream and begin identifying the effort and steps they must take to achieve it
- Inspire ELLs and other students to overcome challenges and obstacles as they pursue their dreams
- Highlight the important role education plays in all aspects of life
“Our students, especially those classified as English Language Learners, face additional challenges due to their limited English proficiency. Partnerships, such as Live the Dream with the Televisa Foundation, help motivate students and helps them realize that they, too, can have dreams and are able to ultimately reach them,” said HISD Assistant Superintendent of Multilingual Programs, Dr. Gracie Guerrero. The next Live the Dream events will take place next month in Washington, D.C and New York. About HISD The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 282 schools and 210,000 students. The 334-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with more than 25,000 employees. For more information, visit www.houstonisd.org.