St. Mary’s to host community night
September 17, 2013
St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church and Holy Cross Ministries will hold their annual Parent and Community Night, but this year will be the largest to date.
Diego Zegarra, After-School Program Coordinator for Holy Cross Ministries, said there will be at least nine different non-profit agencies that work in Summit County at the event to be held on Thursday, Sept. 19.
"We have had parent nights before and invited one or two agencies to partner with us and present, but never have we had this many," said Zegarra. "It has turned into a community night now, not just for the kids in our after-school programs but for the Latino community at large."
Zegarra said that the event is to create awareness in the community, more specifically the Latino community, of opportunities available for their children such as soccer programs, swimming camps, and other recreational activities.
He said that a lot of parents in the community don’t know their children may qualify for scholarships for many recreation and educational programs and can end up only paying about one-third of the price.
"This event will be targeted specifically at the Latino community, but all families are welcome," said Zegarra.
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Most of the organizations attending the event will bring along bilingual translators for those parents who don’t speak English. Holy Cross staff will be at the rest of the tables where translators are not available.
Zegarra said that they will also push for registration for the after-school programs available at the four elementary schools, three of which Holy Cross staff are present at and help with.
While the after-school programs at Parley’s Park, McPolin and Jeremy Ranch elementaries are all a little bit different, the areas of focus at all three are academic support and recreational activities.
"We are very flexible, so we do whatever the school would like us to be doing," said Zegarra. "If they need help with recreational activities, we can help with that, and if they need homework help, we provide that as well."
Each school has a structured program that Holy Cross staff is involved in along with the district and its educators.
According to Zegarra, the programs began about 12 years ago when they saw the need for after-school programming. What may have started as a safe place for kids to be while their parents were working has now evolved into a partnership with the school that also saw the need for after-hours support.
Zegarra graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Business Marketing, and after substituting for somebody in the after-school program as an instructor, he was hooked. In March of 2011, he became the coordinator of both the summer program and the after-school programs.
Being from a minority himself, Zegarra said that throughout his four years in Park City, he has seen a huge growth in the Latino community and hopes that will draw Hispanic community parents out to the event.
"The mission of Holy Cross Ministries is to provide services to the underserved," said Zegarra. "We just want to serve our community and increase awareness."
Para más información, puedes poner en contacto con Diego Zegarra al (435) 649-9676.