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SALT LAKE CITY – November 3, 2009 – To help parents who live in the Glendale area of Salt Lake City become better informed about local government, State Senator Luz Robles (D) and State Representative David Litvak (D) will speak to parents in conjunction with Sutherland Institute’s Every Parent Cares program. The event will be held at Mountain View Elementary on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Information about Every Parent Cares can be found at http://www.sutherlandinstitute.org/parentcares.asp

Sen. Robles and Rep. Litvak represent citizens living in the Glendale area of west Salt Lake City where Mountain View Elementary School is located.  They will give prepared remarks that evening regarding their roles in state government and some of the issues specific to the Glendale area, which is one of the city’s most crime-ridden areas.  The lawmakers will also take questions from participants.

Every Parent Cares is a parent-involvement program for areas of low income and high minority rates and has been designed to empower parents with the ability to become more involved in their childrens education.

“Research shows that more than 40 percent of Latino children do not graduate from high school with a diploma in Utah,” Sutherland Institute Director of Communications Jeff Reynolds said.  “The greatest determining factor in a child’s success is parental involvement.  Every Parent Cares is designed to help all parents—not just Latino parents—to help their children succeed in education.”

Wednesday’s events will begin at 5:30 pm with dinner for all participating parents. The dinner has been donated by Porcupine Pub & Grille and DoDo restaurants.  Sen. Robles and Rep. Litvak will begin speaking at 6:00 pm.  Mountain View Elementary is located at 1380 Navajo in Salt Lake City.

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