Maria J. Orgeira, Patricia Fontan, ESL teacher Claudia Gutierrez and Paola Acosta joined members of the community, students and their families to celebrate the completion of Empowering Kids Organization’s (EKO) after-school ESL program, organized by EKO and funded by Summit's Central Presbyterian Church.

Founded by Summit residents Acosta, Fontan, Orgeira, and Teresa Usme, the EKO ESL program's mission is to create strategies and programs to empower underprivileged kids to thrive throughout their educational journey, connecting families with opportunities and resources.focused on creating awareness about the Summit community and American culture by exposing ESL students to different extracurricular experiences.

“(The EKO ESL program) has helped me a lot... helping me become more confident when I speak in front of lots of people and it got me to socialize more,” said Summit High School student Brenda Torres, who was the winner of the 2019 Hilltopper Best ESL Student Award.

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