Some Schools Need Interpreters to Talk to Parents

Some Schools Need Interpreters to Talk to Parents

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CLEARFIELD (AP) -- As Utah schools become more diverse with students whose first language might not be English, the schools need interpreters. And they need them to help talk to parents.

Barbara Perez, for example, can't read the school forms she needs to fill out for her three kids at South Clearfield Elementary School. She speaks Spanish. The forms are in English.

But with the help of an interpreter, she says, it's much easier for her to understand the information.

The Davis School District has only ten language interpreter volunteers in a district with more than 62-thousand students. It needs help in several languages including Chinese, Navajo, Tagalog, Russian, Norwegian and Korean.

South Clearfield reading teacher Patrick Egan says translators are important because they give everyone equal access to information.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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