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MEET BEATRIZ, Student Spotlight

When Beatriz graduates from Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Central Islip this month, she and her family will have a lot to be proud of. Faced with financial struggles in recent years, Beatriz’s hard-working parents from El Salvador turned to Tomorrow’s Hope to receive aid to help offset the rising cost of tuition.

Thanks to your support, Beatriz flourished as the president of OLG’s St. Oscar Romero Mission, (STORM), a program for the 7th and 8th-grade classes that focuses on service, spirituality, and scholarship. Beatriz also played on the volleyball team and hopes to continue the sport when she enters St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington as a freshman in the fall. When Beatriz was not in school, she worked at her grandfather’s nursery, where together they took the initiative to fundraise for OLG last year by creating succulent plant arrangements to sell. Most recently, Beatriz has also been caring for her grandfather as he battles Stage 4 cancer.

The Catholic elementary school experience has shaped Beatriz into a person her peers admire. “Beatriz serves as a role model for all the Latino and non-Latino children in our school community, especially our Hispanic girls, who look up to Beatriz as a proud, compassionate, and successful young woman who celebrates Spanish language and culture as a God-given gift to be shared with all,” said Dr. Valerie Serpe, Head of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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