When the “four white girls” walked into a largely Latino school in downtown San Jose school the first time, the wary Spanish-speaking parents didn’t know what to think of the prim, middle-class, college-educated women who wanted to help them in practical, new ways.

“They spoke only English, and I speak only Spanish,” said Beatriz Perez, a Mexican immigrant with one child attending Washington Elementary. “I thought: How is this going to work?”

Her uneasy feeling was mutual. Read more from this article in the SJ Mercury here.