Pedro L.

Pedro L.

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More About Me

Community: Paley
Grade: 10
Birthday: May 20, 2002
Favorite Subject: Language class, because I like learning new words.

Dream: I dream of being a lawyer so I can help resolve problems for others.

Biography: My parents are farmers and are motivated to get a scholarship for me because without it they know I will not be able to continue my studies. I have three siblings and only one of them is in school; he is in high school and has had to save money from relatives in order to pay for his tuition. In order to give my siblings and I the chance to study, my dad left for the coast to work on coffee plantations. My older brother sold jello desserts at his school in order to make money to cover the cost of his studies. Our family rents two acres of land to plant corn to eat. Three days a week my dad leaves to work as a day laborer, and my mom sews cloth napkins and table runners and sells them in order to support our family. I walk over a mile each way on my way to school everyday.

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