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Abdulahi Omar gestures Wednesday during an interview in Willmar. Omar, a resident of Willmar the past 12 years, said he is glad the school district wants to work with Somali parents, as it will make them aware of the community's needs. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Willmar, Minn., School District, parents from African community look to work together to help students succeed

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It's frustrating for parents to watch their children struggle in school and not know how to help them. For east African parents in Willmar, the pain of that situation is acute.

They are grateful to be in a country that offers a public education for all students, and they want their children to go to school and learn and have a successful future.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

Follow me on Twitter: @lindavanderwerf

(320) 214-4340
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