The Riverside County Board of Education recognized Alma Rodriguez and Salvador Mendez May 9 for their work with “Fiesta Educativa,” a partnership of families, professionals, consumers, friends, and agencies that support children with disabilities.
The Riverside Chapter of “Fiesta Educativa” has planned five annual conferences for Latino families that have been hosted at the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) Conference Center.
Rodriguez and Mendez have served as committee chairpersons for this event since its inception. They were honored for their sustained dedication, commitment, and service to families who have children with special needs. In addition to serving as chairpersons for this event, both are parents of special needs children.
Riverside County’s Fiesta Educativa conference has grown from 100 participants during the inaugural year to over 300 attending this year’s event. The success of this event is due to multiple-agency support as well as extraordinary parent leadership.
“Fiesta” partners with RCOE and receives additional support from the Riverside Department of Mental Health, the Early Start Family Resource Network, Inland Empire Health Plan, Abbott Vascular, and the Riverside Community Foundation. Parents who attend this conference have children who are enrolled in RCOE special education programs, district programs, Early Start programs, or adult vocational programs.
RCOE’s divisions of Children and Family Services and Student Program and Service collaborate with parents and community partners to support this successful event.
*Courtesy of Riverside County Office of Education