Working hard and helping others

Fifth grader Mariana Ramirez said she looks forward to school each day. Her teacher at Lenihan Intermediate School, Shanna Goos, said she appreciates how Ramirez not only works hard but helps others and is a kind person.

“She goes above and beyond with her school work and extracurricular activities,” Goos said. “Mariana also willingly helps other students when someone needs help in the classroom.”

Rivera said there are many things she enjoys about school.

“I get to learn new things and meet new people and help other students,” Ramirez said.

It’s no surprise what the 11-year-old wants to be when she grows up.

“I want to be a teacher because I like to help people,” she said.

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