Marleni Lopez

Marleni Lopez

“Yo me llamo Marleni. Yo tengo  12 años. Yo estudio en Colonia Nueva. Mi animal favorita es el perro y mi color favorito es verde. A mi, la escuela es importante porque yo puedo aprender mucho.

Yo he participado en DREAM por mucho tiempo. Quiero decir algo de una persona quien yo conocí en DREAM. Se llama Laura y la conocí­ en el año 2008. Cuando la conocí­, yo no sabí­a leer. Ella trabajaba mucho conmigo acerca de leer. A veces, me puse enojada de estudiar y yo dirí­a que yo no podí­a hacer el estudio más. Pero Laura no me deja. Laura me dijo que nunca pienses negativo, solamente positivo. Ella me dio una mascota para practicar la escritura y las letras. Ahora, yo sé leer porque Laura me ayudaba. A veces, yo lloro porque ella no esta aqua.  Pero estoy contenta porque me enseñé leer y pensar positiva siempre.”

“My name is Marleni. I am 12 years old. I study at Colonia Nueva. My favorite animal is the dog and my favorite color is green. To me, school is important because I can learn a lot.

I have participated in DREAM for a long time. I want to say something about a person whom I met in DREAM. Her name is Laura and I met her in 2008. When I met her, I could not read. She worked a lot with me to help improve my reading. Sometimes studying made me angry and I would say I didn’t want to study anymore. But Laura would not let me. Laura told me to never think negative – only positive. She gave me a notebook to help me practice writing letters. Now, I know how to read because Laura helped me. Sometimes I cry because she is not here. But I’m glad because she taught me to read and always think positive.”

Marleni is referring to Laura Budzyna, who spent academic year 2008-2009 volunteering with The DREAM Project. Laura taught Marleni in her emergent literacy class. Read Laura’s testimonial here.

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