BALTIMORE BREW Posts Hispanic parents seek a voice in their community at Holabird Academy

They’ll be eating cake at the celebration, no doubt. But unlike many other graduates, the students who were to meet tonight at Holabird Academy in southeast Baltimore have a lot more on their minds than a party and the next step in their school careers.

Photos taken by Terra Hiltner

As they mark the completion of a first-rung English class, the Spanish-speaking adults, many of them parents of children at the Baltimore city public school, will be thinking about better jobs and being a voice for their community.

“I want to keep motivating the parents to wake up,” said Helen Cruz in Spanish, her words translated by community organizer Jennifer McDowell.