Erick is a Vocabulary student who wrote a letter to fellow students at the Carlos Rosario School. He said: “I wrote it because I wanted to show to the students that all is possible to achieve, it only depends on our desires to succeed in life.”

Hi Carlos Rosario Family!

My name is Erick. I have been in the Carlos Rosario School since 2015. I started in Level 1 at the Harvard Street Campus and I completed Level 8 at the Sonia Gutierrez Campus. I am currently in Vocabulary with Mr. Ladd.

At the Carlos Rosario School, we follow our dreams. Some of our students and classmates are working to help their communities and some are on their way to college.

Some of our students are civic engagement leaders, like Deki. Deki is from Ethiopia. He started in Carlos Rosario in Level 6 and he also completed the Computer Support Specialist Program. He works hard for his community by representing the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition. TASSC is a small organization located here in Washington, D.C. that provides services to more than 300 torture survivors a year, mostly from Africa.

Some of our students are on their way to college, like Miriam. Miriam is from Peru. Miriam was a great Culinary Arts student and she completed the full culinary program and also her ESL classes. She has gotten many A’s in college during her first year by turning in her homework on time and doing extra reading very often.

We are proud of you, Miriam!

Currently, I am working from 6pm to 2:30am and sometimes 3am. I have been working and studying since I came to this country three years ago. It hasn’t been easy. I have been through many things but my desire to achieve my goals has been stronger than anything else. Last year I had perfect attendance even though it was hard to be here every single day. I made it. I encourage you to go after your dreams. Don’t let anything get you stuck on your way to success. Giving up shouldn’t be an option for you. If I can do it, you can do it, we all can do it. If you don’t try, you don’t know what you are capable to do.

I am thankful for my Carlos Rosario Scholarship, too. I will be starting college in January 2018 to study Elementary Education. In the future I would like to be a teacher. I would like to be an excellent teacher like the Carlos Rosario teachers. Thank you, Carlos Rosario School, for helping us to follow our dreams.

I want to share with you, something someone has told me. “Keep trying no matter what happens. That’s the only way to succeed in life.” We are very lucky to have a school like this. Don’t worry if you make mistakes, life is all about making mistakes and learning from them. This is a good place to make mistakes, no one will judge you. We all are in the same boat.