Smithville ISD is "part of a SSA (Shared Services Agreement) with Region 13; the counselors (experts) from the Region 13 service center help facilitate the program for our migrant students and their families. We work in conjunction with them to provide services and opportunities for our students." explained Dr. Caudill, SISD Assistant Superintendent.
Paula Freeman is the Migrant Counselor for Region 13. She stated "The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is dedicated to helping the children of highly mobile agricultural workers find equitable educational access by offering leadership opportunities, scholarship assistance, high school credit accrual support, early reading opportunities, educational service monitoring, school supplies and clothing, and counseling services to all qualified families. In June of 2018, MEP provided a leadership experience for a small group of highly motivated high school students."
"We stayed at this hotel and there they had classes that we could attend. They were teaching us about politics and then they took us to see actual places where congressmen were having debates." Angel Hernandez explained in a recent interview. Angel is a Junior at Smithville High School and he "had a great experience on the trip."
"The students traveled to Washington DC and New York City to participate in a Close-Up leadership conference where they had the opportunity to research and debate the most important issues facing the nation. They also formed positive relationships with future leaders from around the world." stated Paula Freeman.
Angel said "One of the people that works with Region 13 has helped me look for colleges and find my path and my career. I was thinking <I want to do> electrical engineering."
Paula Freeman also said "Although the students had very little “down time”, these dedicated learners enjoyed the experience and were able to ask questions and discuss concerns with Senators and Representatives who represent the kids, their families, and their communities."
Angel "is really considering <going to> St. Edwards. The campus is beautiful; it's just amazing. I also am considering Texas State or A&M." "It's been a really great opportunity and I am really grateful for it."