Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman, Special Assistant to the Minnesota Commissioner of Education, brought a delegation from the Migrants Program of the State of Morelos in Mexico to Sleepy Eye Public School.

Sleepy Eye resident and former principal, Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman, now Special Assistant to the Minnesota Commissioner of Education, brought a delegation from the Migrants Program of the State of Morelos in Mexico to Sleepy Eye Public School on May 4 to learn how migrant children are educated in Sleepy Eye.

The visitors were Miguel Angel Rivera Najera, General Director of the Attention to Migrants Program of the State of Morelos in Mexico, along with Edith Espejo, Area Director and Ruben Morales, Executive Assistant.

Najera wanted to share the following message with the people of Sleepy Eye: “We are thrilled to learn that there are specific programs for migrant children in schools, and in this school we were amazed at the consolidation of the program in assisting migrant children, the preserving of their culture, as well as the sensitivity of every single person that works in the program.

“In our case, it was important to learn the goals of the program and how it is developed, so that we can implement a similar program in the State of Morelos. Especially since many children born in Minnesota return to Morelos, Mexico with their parents and these children only speak English. It has been very good feedback for us, so that upon our return to Mexico, we may be able to implement a similar program.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman for showing us the great progress in the attention to migrant education in Minnesota.”