Finishing First 

While grown-ups worry about standardized tests and school funding, two first-graders show education's not that simple

Page 5 of 5

While Callie's summer includes a trip to the beach, Godofredo has a different kind of summer planned -- one that will help him start playing catch-up to Callie's head start.

Godofredo's parents are pleased with the education he's getting at Cary Reynolds. But they're aware of the gap between their son and students like Callie. Despite the complexities of federal policy, Godofredo's mother knows what she wants for her 6-year-old: "We're going to give him the best opportunity that we can for him to study."

It seems to be working. A month after the regular school year ended, Godofredo was gushing about summer school. "It's great," he says, his command of English notably improved from two months earlier -- during the school year. He says he's read his favorite book, The Three Little Pigs, at least three times.

More importantly, he's passing his enthusiasm to his little brother. Esteban Jr. can't yet say much in English or Spanish. But thanks to Godofredo, the toddler already has his own favorite books.

Neither boy, however, has gone so far as to choose a college.

Callie -- surely through her parents' influence -- has a very clear picture of her future.

"I'm going to Penn State," she says, naming the school where her parents met as undergraduates. "Because it's a good school and they have a good football team."

Godofredo's parents don't have an alma mater to hype. But they believe their family's values will motivate him to be successful.

Esteban and Jenny want Godofredo to go to college if that's what he wants, but what they really want for him doesn't require a degree. His mother has simple hopes for what her will grow up to be: "Just a good person," she says, "a peaceful person."

rochelle.renford@creativeloafing.com


-- Rochelle Renford

Tags:

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Cover Story

Readers also liked…

  • The Year in Photos

    From Black Lives Matter to same-sex marriage, 26 photos that captured 2015
  • The Lost World of Arabia Mountain 4

    Monks, an animal ER, and 400 million years of history

More by Rochelle Renford

Restaurant Review: Bread & Butterfly
Restaurant Review: Bread & Butterfly

Search Events

  1. Goat Farm Economics 6

    Can art and good old-fashioned capitalism breathe new life into one of Atlanta’s most historic and overlooked neighborhoods?
  2. Solving downtown's homeless problem begins with taking the red pill 95

    Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter is the root of downtown's image problem
  3. What is your license plate telling police? 15

    Every day, Atlanta police scan license plates to search for lawbreakers - but where does all of the information go?

Recent Comments

© 2016 Creative Loafing Atlanta
Powered by Foundation