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One in a Million: Expressing Yourself With Energy

ExpandED Schools

We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Leah, a 6th grader in the Bronx. She’s 1 in a million! 


“Throughout my school years, I struggled, because I had this very short attention span. It was very hard for me to pay attention and analyze stuff. My goal for this year was to push myself. The minute it turned midnight on New Year’s Eve, I said I’m going to accomplish this one way or another. I want to have good grades. When I looked at my first report card for 6th grade, it was really good.

I’m a talker. I talk a lot. I like to express myself. My advice is, if you’re sitting next to your friend and you talk a lot, move your seat so you can get you work done. I used to get in trouble when I would turn around and tell someone to stop talking me. Now, if people are trying to talk to me, I ignore them.

I’m very energetic, silly and expressive. I get out my energy with family and friends. I just like hanging out and having a nice conversation. I’m in running club right now. I joined a lot of clubs to help me. I’m in debate and band. I play the tenor saxophone. Sometimes when I run, I’m in my own little zone. It’s like I’m running in my own land.

My favorite subject? I have to say math. I used to struggle with math when I was little, because of my attention span. But I pushed myself and I got better and I found out it’s actually fun. Some people say that boys are better in math and girls are better in ELA because girls like sitting down and being calm and boys are more energetic and like building. I disagree.

I’m in debate, and there’s this woman who’s the first Hispanic judge, Sonya Sotomayor. She’s been a big role model. In my heart, I believe that one day there’s going to be a Hispanic woman or Hispanic man as president. When I was in 4th grade, I asked my teacher if we were in the times when they separated the blacks from whites, would they put me in the black side or the white side? A kid said ‘white’ and I started crying that day. Because I’m not white. My skin is, but I’m fully Hispanic. My teacher said I’d go on the black side. I was happy and sad at the same time. Putting me on the black side is good, but people might make fun of you. Some kids make fun of me and say I’m fat or I have a big forehead. But I love the way I am. People always think there’s one culture or one religion that’s perfect. But everyone is equal.”



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