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October 26, 2011 – KPBS celebrates cultural diversity in partnership with Union Bank by honoring Michelle Parada during Native American Heritage Month 2011.
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Hello, I'm Pierre Habis of Union Bank. Diversity is one of our most closely held values. This is why we're proud to honor local heroes in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Let's meet one of our honorees. My name's Michelle Parada, I'm from the Rincon Indian Reservation, and I'm co-developer of the All Tribes Charter School and I'm a lead teacher here at the school. Our school primarily serves Native American kids. We're seeing the drop out rate come down from high school to middle school. You know I'm Native American and we don't want the title of having the highest drop out rate in the nations, of having the lowest number of graduates in the nation. We're over 80 kids now that we've graduated and out of those close to 75 would say that they never expected to graduate. We want Native American kids to finish with their high school diploma so then we can get them off to school, a good job, some place where you feel you have a purpose and self worth. This moment is made possible by Union Bank in partnership with KPBS.