Martha Jeavons holds up a piece of paper and speaks to a group of mothers in fluent Spanish. Not all the moms in the room speak Spanish, though, so she switches effortlessly between Spanish and English. Her 15 years abroad in Latin America gave her the skills to do so.
She and her fellow Highland Park Presbyterian Church members are volunteering with a group of parents at Amelia Earhart Learning Center in West Dallas. Once a week, they gather with the moms for food, crafts, socializing, and ARK — Adults Reaching Kids, which is a parenting program, or rather, parent support group.
“A lot of people parent the way they were parented, and sometimes there’s a lot of absenteeism,” ARK executive director Jan Nelson said. “We decided we’ve got to get somebody to work with the parents.”