Middle Grades Partnership student Sabriaya used to get picked on for being a good student at Collington Square School of the Arts. “I have always been a geek,” she jokes, but not fitting in was hurting her self-esteem. So, when she was invited to participate in the Middle Grades Partnership program, she welcomed the opportunity to learn in a new environment.
After three years in the Garrison Forest/Collington/City Springs program, she has developed as an individual, stepped out of her comfort zone, increased her confidence and strengthened her social skills. “I learned how to step up,” she explains, and she does not let people pick on her any more.
During the program, she also worked to improve her reading scores and to select a career path. “We had a lot of career-searching opportunities and this inspired me to want to become a senator,” she explains. But first, she says she’d like to start her career as a family court lawyer.
Sabriaya, who will be a freshman at the Institute of Notre Dame in the fall, credits Middle Grades Partnership for helping her to evolve: “I believe everything comes into your life for a reason—whether it is to strengthen, open your eyes or let you shine. I am happy that Middle Grades Partnership was one of the things that came into my life.”