Communities Organized to Support Adult School (COSAS) Meeting of September 15, 2010

Present:  Patricia Cisneros, WCCUSD Parent, Inocencia Dacumos, WCCAE ESL Teacher, Cecilia Ornelas,Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Pat Miles, WCCAE ESL Teacher, George Pursley, Community Member,Kristen Pursley,WCCAE ESL Teacher, Ken Ryan,  WCCAE Parent Outreach Teacher,Tina Tworek, WCCAE ESL Teacher

This was a first attempt at an evening meeting which could be attended by COSAS members who are not free during the day. It was preceeded by a delicious pot luck meal.  COSAS is considering making such an evening meeting a monthly occurrence.

Measure M:  COSAS will phone bank for Measure M, the parcel tax to support West County schools, on the evening of Wednesday, September 29 at Local One, which is located at 4197 Lakeside Drive, Suite 170 in Richmond.  Phone banking begins at 5:30 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. Dinner will be provided.  Join us!  To sign up, contact Kristen at kpursley@pacbell.net

Visits by Elected Officials:  Pat Miles has invited Board of Education candidate Jason Freeman to visit her class at Verde Elementary so he can see what adult education does. State  Senators Mark DeSaulnier and Loni Hancock are also interested in visiting West Contra Costa Adult Education classes. 

Letter to Board of Education Members and Candidates:  Pat Miles has found an article about adult literacy which the group agrees we should send to all school board members and school board candidates.  The group discussed whether we should each sign the letter individually or send it as a group. The group will seek further advice about this from other COSAS members before sending the letter.

Candidates Night:  Father Ramiro of St. Mark Catholic Church is interested in collaborating with COSAS on a candidates’ night at St. Mark’s.  The group will decide later whether this will be a candidates night  for Board of Education candidates only, or possibly for both Board of Education and Richmond City Council candidates.  The group agreed that there should be simultaneous translation of the proceedings in as many languages as we can find volunteer translators.  We will probably be able to borrow multichannel, simultaneous translation equipment from APEN.  We have not set a date yet, as we need to coordinate with St. Mark’s on this.

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