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Book club helps immigrant mothers find joy in reading and support their kids' education

Book club helps immigrant mothers find joy in reading and support their kids' education

Maria Onate had not read a book until her son started high school.

Her illiterate parents ended her schooling when she was 15, informing her that she had to get ready for marriage and work to help support the family in their rancho in Puebla, Mexico.

More than two decades later, she was shocked when the parent center coordinators at her son's new high school, Bravo Medical Magnet, suggested she join a book club. She was there for her child's education. She thought it was too late for her own.

"I hated to read," Onate, 44, said in Spanish. "I read in elementary school, but I never read on my own."

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