Now the school year is over but this is not one of those years where you just move on to the next grade, the next school, the next term. This is the year where you look back and reflect on what’s happened. This is the year where you say thank you to so many people you can barely keep track of. In other words, this is a year to never forget.

No matter if you were in the classroom or on the computer, it was hard. For the parents, for the kids and for the teachers. Now, take me for example— Sydney Bramble, daughter of Jernee and David Bramble, oldest (and only) sister; and granddaughter of Joy and Peter Bramble.

I got to be in the classroom, getting an amazing education, with an amazing teacher. But at some moment when I was watching the news, they would talk about Augusta Fells and all these other schools. I thought about how fortunate I was. I got to go to school and see all my friends, teachers and even some new people. But these kids had almost nothing. In one second they could have a horrible education, and they could be on the streets like that.

How do I know? Well, I live in West Baltimore and every day I drive to school, I see all these people, who didn’t get the life they deserve, and didn’t get the education they deserve. I told my Dad, “You know, when I grow up, I want to be someone who not only builds homes for the homeless, and helps them get a job and an education.” And, that is exactly what I’ll do.

Sydney Bramble (age 10)
Baltimore, MD