Selvin A.

Selvin A.


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More About Me

Community: Cerritos
Grade: 7th
Birthday: 7/10/2006
Favorite Subject: Mathematics

Dream: To buy a house

Biography: My name is Selvin. I am 13 years old. I live in Canoa, a community of Patzicia. I go to the school of my village and I am in 6th grade of elementary. I love doing tasks. My dad’s name is Justo. He fixes pallets in Santa Maria Cauqué for a living. My mom’s name is Marta and she goes twice a week to work in the field. I study Monday through Friday, but on Saturdays, I go to work in the fields to be able to help my family financially or to buy supplies that I need at school. I know that if I continue studying I can support my parents. My biggest dream is to buy them a house since we live on the edge of the ravine and I no longer want us to live there. In my free time, I like to go to the forest because I can breathe fresh air there and make firewood for my family.

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