NEW YORK, NY – August 14, 2014 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – It’s back to school time! This fall, thousands of parents will be sending their children off to college for the very first time which may be their children’s greatest milestone to date. However, for the U.S. Hispanic population, sending a child off to college is not only a milestone for the student but for the entire family! Thus, arriving on university grounds that first day ends up becoming a family affair.

“I’m partnering with JCPenney to help families prepare for a student’s first day of college. I’ll be lending my personal experience and design background to help make sure they have all of their essentials (from sheets to curtains, kitchenware and bath accessories) ready for move-in day.”

According to the Pew Research Center, Hispanics “have made big gains in college enrollment, a measure that includes both two- and four-year schools.”

So, with many Hispanic children heading off to college this fall, how can their families send them off to college and make them feel comfortable being away from home?

Nationally recognized interior designer, home improvement expert, and cofounder of CasaLatina.com, Marlene Pratt will share her personal experience and expert advice to provide tips on how families can send their college student off to school as seamlessly as possible.

Marlene says, “I’ll never forget my first day on campus! My entire family came along to help me set up my dorm room and my mother even packed whole weeks’ worth of food in containers labeled Monday through Friday. It was a very emotional day for us all! So, when it comes to families sending their children off to college for the first time, I’m partnering with JCPenney to help families prepare for a student’s first day of college. I’ll be lending my personal experience and design background to help make sure they have all of their essentials (from sheets to curtains, kitchenware and bath accessories) ready for move-in day.”

Here are a few things Marlene will discuss:

— How to create a comforting and familiar surrounding for your new college student

— How to transform your child’s dorm room or apartment into the perfect “casita”:

— How to make a small room look larger by taking advantage of the height of the room, adding lots of colors, and mixing colors and patterns.

— Organized shopping – Make a list of the things your son or daughter will need, ask them if they want anything specific, go online and select the items you wish to purchase, and then go to the store, ready to pick up the things you need.

— Fun and affordable ways to decorate your child’s room to keep family close and showcase passions.

— Small and stylish appliances for dorm rooms without a kitchen.

— Stylish bedding – Quilts add a stylish touch and an extra layer for warmth!

For Marlene’s tips, go to:

HD Broadcast quality h264 MOV of the b-roll package:


https://rcpt.hightail.com/2601943583/7b425b53627bcf35ea2e8735f0636857?cid=tx-02002208350200000000&s=19105

Web ready HD MOV which will work well for YouTube, Facebook, vimeo, or any other online video site:

https://rcpt.hightail.com/2603306619/932f4db984f8dd88c0dda5979cec1e27?cid=tx-02002208350200000000&s=19105

HD Broadcast quality h264 MOV of the Sizzle:


https://rcpt.hightail.com/2603324718/3a6efd365c4cd9677a67592a47eaec12?cid=tx-02002208350200000000&s=19105

JCPenney Dorm Room Transformation feat. Marlene Pratt YouTube Link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghgpj1nkLJI&feature=youtu.be

About Marlene Pratt:
Marlene has more than a decade of interior design and architectural experience. After studying architecture at New York City’s Pratt Institute, Marlene earned a degree in design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a renovation expert and an interior designer with extensive on-air media experience in both English and Spanish language television, print and radio. Marlene has regularly appeared as a Home Economist/Home Improvement Expert on Fox, CBS, WB’s WPIX-TV and WNBC. She also co-hosted The Fix It Line, a home improvement series that aired on Discovery Channel. Marlene also appeared on a weekly home improvement/interior design segment on the Spanish language television network Telemundo. In addition, she served as a spokesperson for Georgia Pacific and traveled extensively to major Latino 6 markets around the country, appearing on local Spanish language television and radio stations to promote Georgia Pacific sponsored safety tips.