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 Article of Interest - Cultural Issues

Group Tackles Tough Diversity Issues
by Janet Vandenabeele, The Detroit News, October 2, 2002
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Educators and community members in the Walled Lake Schools area have learned that helping parents navigate cultural differences can help students as well.


Walled Lake, which spans nine communities in western Oakland County, has worked closely with a Metro Detroit group called Chaldean Americans Reaching and Encouraging to help Chaldean students and parents with their concerns.


CARE's education committee has outreach programs in several middle and high schools, working with students to tackle tough issues like stereotypes and peer pressure under the umbrella of cultural diversity.
Chaldeans were the original settlers in what is now Iraq, and speak Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke. Persecution has forced many Chaldeans out of the Middle East in several waves over the past 100 years, and thousands settled in Metro Detroit.


Maple Elementary School Principal Susan Schreiber worked with CARE leaders to start a parents' group that meets monthly in nearby St. Thomas Chaldean Parish in addition to programs she oversees in her school.
"We talk about the issues that are affecting those particular parents (such as): 'How can I help my child be more successful?' ... and what does the school expect of them -- and what do they expect of us," Schreiber said.


For her efforts in helping the Chaldean community, Schreiber was named CARE's Educator of the Year for 2002.


CARE also runs school programs in the West Bloomfield and Southfield districts in Oakland County, Sterling Heights in Macomb County, and Detroit. For information, visit the group's Web site at www.voicesthatcare.com.

 

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