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Sarah’s Story and The After School Program

My name is Sarah, and I am an 8th grader at PACE Center for Girls. My mom passed away when I was 10 years old. I currently live with my grandmother and my two younger brothers because my dad is in jail.
I came to PACE about a year ago because I was being bullied in school. Kids would tease me, and I couldn’t focus on my work. I started getting into trouble and skipping school. My grades dropped.
My grandmother heard about PACE and thought they could help. At first, I didn’t want to go to PACE. When I visited PACE, I changed my mind. The teachers, counselors, and staff were nice, and seemed like they really cared about me.
I made new friends, and my grades went from F’s to A’s and B’s. I recently started going to the After School Program, which I love. We do artwork and learn about different life-related topics. It keeps me busy, and gives me a creative outlet.
I like being at PACE. It’s my safe place, and I’ve learned so much about myself and my family. PACE has given me confidence, and has made me a stronger person. I am thankful for my teachers, my counselor, and the PACE staff for believing in me. I’m also thankful to have the support of our community. It means a lot to know that people care about me and my future. I hope to go to college to be a psychologist, so I can help kids who have struggled like me

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