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Liaison Helps Bridge Cultural Gap

Posted: January 24, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Mandy Ritok, Marshallese liaison for the Springdale School District, talks Wednesday with Ancelitha Abon, 13, an eighth-grader at Southwest Junior High School. Ritok works with Marshallese students to help with interpretation with them, their families and the school. Ritok said she really enjoys what she does and the students teach her as much as she teaches them.

A new Southwest Junior High School employee is improving the school’s relationship with its Marshallese families, administrators said.

At A Glance

Marshallese Liaison

The liaison at Southwest Junior High School has several duties, including:

-Making contact with every student to discern his or her needs and how the school can help with them.

-Contact parents about students’ grades and attendance.

-Maintain an accurate database of phone numbers and addresses of Marshallese families.

-Be involved in discipline cases by working with administrators and contacting parents.

-Work with kids and parents on paying fees and fines.

-Assist with communication.

-Translate conferences between school and families.

Source: Southwest Junior High School

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