Illinois PTA President Honored

Matthew John Rodriguez
Matthew John Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of ILLCF.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation (ILLCF) presented a Service Award to Illinois PTA President Matthew John Rodriguez on Nov. 20. The award was given during the Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the 13th Annual Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation Conference at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., in Rosemont, Ill.

Rodriguez was among four award recipients chosen by the ILLCF Board, all of whom have made significant contributions to the Latino community in Illinois. Rodriguez is being honored due to his important work as the first male Hispanic to hold the office of president for the Illinois PTA. He is also the first male Hispanic to serve as the president of any of the 55 Congresses of the National PTA. According to ILCCF co-chairs, State Senator Iris Martinez and State Representative Elizabeth Hernandez, “The PTA has a longstanding reputation for promoting strong relationships among schools, parents and communities. ILLCF fully realizes that parental and community involvement among Latinos throughout Illinois can only enhance the educational achievement of our students. We know that this is one of Matthew John’s important goals.”

The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation was formed in 2002 when community and business leaders joined the members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus to create a new public policy and leadership entity to serve the state’s two million people of Latino heritage. The ILLCF is co-chaired by State Senator Iris Martinez and State Representative Elizabeth Hernandez. Rodriguez resides in Schaumburg, and also works closely with Representative Fred Crespo, a member of ILLCF. For more information, visit www.illcf.org.

The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. For more information, visit www.illinoispta.org.

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