Operation Graduation Essay: “I started looking forward to going to school” (Limestone, Ala.)

Date: June 15, 2014

When I first moved to Alabama, I couldn’t attend my junior year of high school because of family issues. So, I had a bad attitude for school because I knew it was going to take me an extra year to graduate. That would put me year behind all of my friends back in Kentucky.

However, one day out of nowhere, the Elkmont High School principal, where I enrolled in the Alabama school system, called me and told me about a program called Ombudsman. I was told that depending on how I worked at Ombudsman, I could graduate on time, but I was still reluctant. I told myself to try it out and see how it goes.

The first day going to Ombudsman, I was nervous, just like most new kids. I didn’t know what was in store for me. In the beginning, I was working slowly. I hadn’t been to school in a year, so I was out of that mind-set.

But one day, Mrs. Brown came to my desk, sat down with me, and made a daily schedule for my work. For example, one day I’d do math and the next day: science, etc. It really helped me get on track and get more work done.

Since I was getting more work done and an unbelievable amount of help from all of the teachers, my attitude changed, for the better. I started looking forward to going to school. I continued to work harder and harder and before I knew it, I finished a class. That set off a trigger in my heart to do even more. Before I knew it, my entire first semester of class was finished.

The teachers motivated me to then complete my second semester. P.E. completed. Economics completed. History completed. Anatomy completed. Mrs. Brown helped us all through English 12 every Monday. All I had left was Algebra 2. This was the toughest course I’ve had to take on.

There were about five of us that had Algebra 2 in second semester, and Ms. Andrews started taking all of us in the back room to get some lessons finished. She helped us week after week. She was determined to have us all to a passing grade so we could graduate. It wasn’t easy, but she got us all there. If it wasn’t for her help, I wouldn’t have passed Algebra 2.

No words will ever be enough to express the respect I have for my teachers and how grateful I am for them. They are honestly the most helpful teachers I’ve ever had in my entire school career.

Ombudsman has molded me into such a better person. I’ve become more patient, more responsible, more of a hard worker, and more determined. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for these wonderful teachers. Thank you for all that you’ve done for me Mrs. Brown, Ms. Andrews, and Mr. Hodge.

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