First Lady Jill Biden to host ‘charla’ at Allentown learning center

Written by on October 12, 2021

First Lady Jill Biden to host ‘charla’ at Allentown learning center

By Megan Frank

October 12, 2021

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, and his wife Jill attend a primary election night rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

First Lady Jill Biden will be in Allentown Wednesday to help celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a “charla,” Spanish for “chat” or “conversation,” at the Community Services for Children’s Learning Hub.

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Allentown’s population is 52% Hispanic or Latino, according to the U.S. Census, and Biden says the visit is an opportunity for her to listen to the personal stories, challenges and concerns of Hispanic Americans.

The First Lady, who grew up about an hour south of the Lehigh Valley in Willow Grove, Montgomery County, will attend the chat and speak with administrators about educational resources for families in the Lehigh Valley, including access to pre-k and kindergarten. 

She will  be joined by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra and U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh/Monroe).  

The visit is one of a couple of stops that she’s making this week, others are in Kansas City and Chicago. 

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