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One in a Million: Solving Problems and Being There for Others

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 Elijah, a 6th grader in Harlem. He’s 1 in a million! 

“I have a good personality; I’m really friendly and kind and helpful. If someone needs someone to talk to or they’re going through something, I’ll be there. But you don’t want to get on my bad side. Sometimes people get on my nerves and I get mean. 

Math has been a really big struggle for me, but I go home and tell myself I can do it. I study, I study, I study. I pray, I pray. And then, you know, all I can do is try my best. My mom says that my brain is always developing every single day. I’m going to try to boost that math grade up to 100 instead of a 75.

There are a lot of problems I want to solve in this world. You can protest. You can march. We are the people of the United States of America. We own this. If you see a problem, go ahead and fix it. One issue is medical care. People are not getting enough medical assistance. We need more doctors. We need more jobs. We need more healthy food.

I have a little brother; he just turned eight. I always tell him, ‘I know things are not right now and you might be going through a tough time. Work hard; work your fullest and your best. And if anything goes wrong, you have a brother that is here for you.’”  



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