LIVINGSTON -- Representatives of the Mexican Consulate in Fresno will wind up two days of meetings with the public at Livingston High School today in what is billed as a community event.
Four workers at the consulate have been meeting with parents of Livingston High School students and others in the community to renew Mexican passports and identification cards, according to Hector Bravo, the school's associate principal for student support services and parent involvement.
About 460 people were estimated to have attended Wednesday's sessions and an equal number are expected today, said Bravo, who added that the second-annual visit has become a popular event.
Representatives of UC Merced and the Livingston Police Department also were available to answer questions from parents.
Bravo said that while the event is primarily for parents of Livingston students, residents of Merced, Atwater, Snelling and Delhi also are expected at the meetings.
Livingston High Principal Ralph Calderon said the consular visits open up lines of communication between the school and parents.
"It works out well for both of us," Calderon said. "I have memories of how difficult it was to make it to the consulate in Fresno. It was an excursion. This brings our community into the school in a way they feel comfortable with, and offers an important service."
Bravo said the consulate will be back on the Livingston High campus in mid-April to offer other services.
Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez and Cpl. Hector Becerra were at the school to offer any help they could.
Police supplied booklets in Spanish on domestic violence, dangerous drugs, water and bicycle safety, and general safety measures.
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