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School On Sunday – Eliza Johns

Eliza Johns and tutor Michelle Thornton

My name is Eliza. I was born in Dallas, Texas, but I have lived almost all of my life in Plano. My grandma has raised me since I was three years old. I am currently in the eighth grade and I just turned fourteen. I really enjoy school and work extremely hard to do my best in all of my classes. One thing that has really helped me become a better student is School on Sunday. I met Ms. Missy when my grandmother and I were interviewing for House on the Corner. We didn’t end up getting chosen for the house, but this was a blessing because this is how I became a student in SOS. This is my third school year being involved with School on Sunday. My tutor Michelle Thornton and I have worked really hard to make sure that I understand what is being taught in my classes and when there are assignments where I have not understood a concept, Ms. Michelle reteaches and reviews until I have it down. She is a really nice person and has sacrificed so much of her time over the last three years to help me become a stronger student.

School on Sunday provides me with the school supplies I need for my classes, so that I have what I need to be organized and prepared for school. SOS helps me a lot in so many ways and my grades have improved dramatically, especially in math and English. My favorite subject in school is science, because I really enjoy learning about the human body and how it functions. When I grow up, I want to be a gastroenterologist, a stomach doctor. I am determined to make my dream a reality, and I will continue to work as hard as I can and to do my best in all of my class work.

Recently, I was just nominated for the Lone Star Academy Summer Camp by one of my teachers. The criteria for selection is a high grade point average, demonstrated leadership ability among peers, as well as school and community involvement. I was very excited and surprised to be nominated by a faculty member. In order for me to attend the camp, I held a fundraiser where I made bookmarks and sold them. The leadership camp will be held in Houston/Galveston and I am so excited and grateful that I will be able to attend this summer.

My grandmother and I are very thankful for this program. This church and the SOS program are making a huge difference in my education in helping me to reach my goals and prepare me for college.