Nelson A.

Nelson A.


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More About Me

Community: Patzun
Grade: 7
Birthday: April 11, 2006
Favorite Subject: Science and Anatomy

Dream: I want to be a teacher so I can teach kids how to be responsible and help them graduate from high school.

Biography: I live with my mother and two siblings. My dad left us in 2013 and he hasn’t supported us since then. My family doesn’t own a house, so we rent one for $25 a month, and this payment makes it hard to pay for other necessities. My mom works in a tortilla shop and helps neighbors with housekeeping. She earns about $4 a day, which covers the cost of food. I have 2 older siblings that are currently attending high school thanks to COED scholarships. On the weekends my siblings and I work as day laborers, and during vacations we work full time harvesting peas and irrigating vegetable gardens. We earn $2 a day, which we save up to buy clothes or we use part of it to buy school supplies. Despite the difficulties my family is going through, I really want to continue studying so I can achieve my dream of being a good teacher that supports education. Without the support of a COED scholarship, I would have to quit school after 6th grade. My plan is to work for a year so my mother and I can save up enough money to go back to school in the future.

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