Photo courtesy SISD
The Socorro Independent School District had its annual Mother-Daughter Conference where female students spent the day bonding with their mothers or mother figures, while learning about opportunities offered by the district and in the community at Americas High School.
“Today is a great opportunity for the parents to bond with their child as they get to spend all day with them,” said Fernando Vasquez, SISD assistant director of state and federal programs. “Plus, they get to participate in these amazing presentations we have available.”
This is the conference’s 10th year as a districtwide event. The conference originated from a smaller scale event at Americas High School, and inspired an annual father-son districtwide conference.
This year’s keynote speaker was Janice Masters, who was part of the team that helped launch the original mother-daughter conference at Americas.
“Being here today and seeing the success of the event really feels like coming home,” Masters said. “It’s a wonderful feeling to have even been a small part of what started the mother-daughter conference.”
The estimated 850 participants in attendance were able to select from 34 presentations and activities, among them line dancing, Zumba, and a culinary class.
Sessions and information tables on programs in the district, workshops, games and team building activities were also available. Vendors also gave moms and daughters a shopping experience, selling items such as cookies and hand-knit crafts.
“This environment makes all of the moms and daughters feel special, like it is especially for us,” said Diana Duarte, mother of Pebble Hills High School senior, Amber Villarreal.
Duarte said she and her daughter have been coming since Villarreal was in the sixth grade. Now that she is a senior, it is a little bit bittersweet because they look forward to attending the conference every year.
“My mom and I really connect every year and I’m really sad since this is my last year,” Villareal said. “This event means a lot to me especially because of the bond it’s helped me have with my mom.”
The Conference was held February 1st. To view photos of the Mother-Daughter Conference click here.