Journal 2.23 (s12) - Catarina Lopez Journal 2/23 The Ward I...

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Catarina Lopez Journal 2/23 “The Ward” I can’t remember the first time I was at East Ward Elementary School; my mom had started working there when I was born. I spent most of my time there; my father had left before I was born, and my mother had only finished high school a year ago. I was often left in the care of my grandmother, which was hard on my mother, a 20-year-old woman trying to attend college while working at an elementary school. My grandmother, who also had a job, could not always watch me, so I had frequent visits to East Ward. The faculty and staff there became my family, and they still are to this day. Even though I have been part of the East Ward family longer than most of the teachers there today, I still visit regularly and feel absolutely at home when I’m at “The Ward,” which is our nickname for the school. When walking through the front door, the first thing one sees is the jungle painting my mother and I worked on with other teachers a few years ago. Every time I see the snake above the door, I feel the static of excitement to know that
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Unformatted text preview: snake was all mine. The Texas mural on the wall across from the front office, beside the cafeteria doors, provides me with a sense of comfort and love. This school, “The Ward,” is home. I mostly focused on my mom and the feeling of family I have at East Ward. My real family has so many conflicts, and always confuses me; however, I never have that problem with my East Ward family. My mom struggled so much after getting pregnant with me, and spending a great amount of time at her place of work gave me another home. I have accomplished so many things in my life, and I have been working to make sure my mom and East Ward family are proud of me. Whenever I go back to Killeen to visit or anything, I go to East Ward when I can. Visiting everyone there brightens my day, and students there love me. I love volunteering there, and helping out in any way I can to give back to the family that has been there for me for such a long time....
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  • Spring '12
  • LyndseyReckson
  • East Ward, East Ward family

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