Going Back to School

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Wendy LeRay
English Composition 121
Katie Newbanks
08/19/2009

I could probably name a thousand reasons why I decided to go back to school. But, the main reason is for my family. School is very important in our house. Without education the only job out there is running a cash register for minimum wage. It is hard to make a living on $5.25 per hour. Believe me, I know because I have tried to do it.
I wanted to be able to provide a better life for my family. I want my kids to have more than I did growing up. Growing up my dad worked offshore until he got hurt and had to have back surgery. After that, my mom worked; I would go to school, come home to cook, and clean. It was hard, but I did it. I would wear hand me down clothes from my cousins, and they would go to school and tell the other kids. My kids deserve more than what child support can provide for them. It is hard waiting and wondering if it is coming in on time. If not then; bills get paid late, kids cannot do what they want, and I become the bad guy. While trying to better myself, I have started subbing so at least we have some money coming in. I found out while subbing that I love teaching and love the kids. I can honestly say that without state help I don’t know where I would be. I get food stamps which puts food on our table and in our stomachs. We are all three on the Medicaid program. This pays for doctor’s visits, the kid’s medicine, and pays most of my medicine. I have a co-pay to pay which is not much, thank God. If we didn’t have these programs I don’t know how I would make it. The kids also get free lunch from school. I am grateful for that because I do not know how I would get the money for both girls to eat at school. Although I am grateful for all the help I would also like to be able to do it by myself. Going back to school means I can better myself and in doing that, I can provide a better life for my family. It’s hard telling them no because we can’t

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