Leadership Scholars Parent Academy Spring 2015 Graduation: Margarita deJesus Ramos
Good evening everyone and thank you for being here. My name is Margarita Ramos and my children go to Roberts Academy. I grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico. My parents did not go to formal school. My dad died when I was nine, so when I was 10 years old, in the 3rd grade I quit school to work, to help my mom with my seven siblings. My mom’s house did not have electricity, and we needed money so I cleaned houses. My mom sent me to another state in Mexico to clean, and I couldn’t even reach inside the sink, so I had to stand on a stool to clean the sink! I tell my children this so they are grateful for their opportunity to go to school.
At 25, I moved to the United States by myself so I could have a better life. I now work at a hotel in house keeping. I have four beautiful children, so when I heard about the parent program, I was excited to learn more.
I recommend the program to parents because I have changed many things because of the program. I now know how to better guide my children. I really liked to learn how to calculate GPA. I always saw my kids grades, but did not know what they meant. Now I know how to figure out their GPA with their grades. In my house, when my kids come home from school, we now practice meditation and it helps everyone. It relaxes their brains so they can study better. It also makes me feel better because I am relaxed and I can concentrate better.
I have learned how important it is to get my children involved in after school programs, and now we are looking for activities for them to do. I have learned the process to go to high school and to college. I now know the steps I need to follow to get my kids into college.
I thank God for the strength He gives me every day to keep moving on and for empowering the heart of this group of women to be able to help us. They have taught us all the ways we can help our kids graduate and become someone important. I think that is a dream for many parents since many of us did not have this opportunity-- not because we did not want to, but because our parents could not give us the chance to go to school, since it is very difficult in our countries. That is why many of us came here—for a better future for our families. We, as parents have to be with them always, supporting them and reminding them that with their everyday efforts they can make it happen and that it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, but how many times you get up and keep going.
Thanks to all these women helping us and God bless them always.
To my children: I love you, and you are the most important thing to me. It is for you that I work very hard every day. I want you, my children, to see me in this robe and I hope to one day see each of you in robes graduating from college.
Thank you very much.