I didn’t finish school. Not because I didn’t want to or because I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t finish school because my family simply couldn’t afford it.
I was raised in Mexico City by a single mother on a single income, which was (for lack of a better word) tough. Especially when she had to pay fees to cover school materials, uniforms, and books. I remember kids not being able to eat during lunch unless their parents were able to send money or food from home with them.
Now as a mother of two in Tulsa Public Schools, I worry about them having the tools and resources they need to finish school because I know all too well how that feels. I don’t want Nidia and Irving to have the same experience.
Like most parents, my dream is to see my kids walk across the graduation stage and become leaders in our community. To see them not only graduate from high school, but also from college. For me, that’s the American Dream.
But recent budget cuts make that dream harder to reach.
I joined Stand for Children because I want to do something for my children’s education — I want to make a difference. I could sit around and wait for someone else to do something, but I’m choosing to take the initiative.
Since becoming a parent leader, I have a better understanding of the struggles our schools face. And I also know what we can do to address these issues. Other parents must also get involved and demand excellent schools.
I know that I have a voice. I can make a difference — not just in the lives of my own two children but in the lives of children all across our state.
This is why I stand.