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Ontario Migrant Education program wins big at Salem conference

Anabal Ortiz-Chavolla, left, and Carolina Gomez were honored as director of the year and employee of the year at a Migrant Education Program conference. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – The bond that the Ontario School District’s migrant education program has formed with families is so strong, that employees of the program are frequently listed as emergency contacts on students’ forms.

The Ontario program serves about 850 students and has been hailed as a model for the 17 other programs in the state. Three Ontario employees and one student were honored recently at a conference in Salem.

“We are a team that is not afraid to mop floors, clean tables and cook,” said Anabel Ortiz-Chavolla, who received the 2019 director of the year award. “Everything we do is for the students and families.”

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