Willian wakes up every day at 5 a.m. to get to school on time.

Willian wakes up every day at 5 a.m. to get to school on time.

Virginia, 8, Willian, 13, and Edith, 14, rise before the sun. Every school day, these three scholarship students get up at 5 a.m. and are out the door by 6:30 in order to make it to school on time, which starts at 7:20 a.m.

Willian and Edith spend their mornings at Mayor Galo Molina High School, while Virginia attends San Juaquin/Santa Ana Elementary School. Virginia gets out at 12:30 p.m., and she goes directly home, eats lunch and helps her mother clean the house. Willian and Edith get out at 1:30 p.m. Both of them head home and make lunch for their younger siblings, because their parents are working during the day.

All three students arrive at To Give Hope by 3 p.m.  At To Give Hope, Virginia receives help with her homework, while Virginia and Willian participate in a youth program aimed at developing critical thinking skills and an awareness of themselves and the world around them.

Virginia arrives home by 6 p.m., eats a small dinner before she gets ready for bed. By 7, she is in bed, watching cartoons, until she falls asleep. For Willian and Edith, they arrive home to finish their homework and other responsibilities- looking after their siblings and doing house chores. Afterward, they both watch T.V., until 9:30 p.m., then they are off to bed to start the whole routine over again the next day.

These three students understand that being part of the a scholarship and health care program is extremely special. They work extra hard to make sure that they succeed in school. While sometimes their day might feel long, hard, or tedious, they all say it is an opportunity for positive change.


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