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Since she started coming to HOLA in the second grade, Melissa’s grades have steadily gotten better. Now in 6th grade, she credits HOLA for all the help she has gotten with her homework, especially in history. Melissa proudly tells that last spring, she even brought home 2 A+’s – making her family, including her HOLA extended family very proud.

Melissa is in her first year in the Bridges Program and has every intention to stay with HOLA until she graduates from high school and beyond. She’s very happy to have made the transition to Bridges, “I like the independence that we have.” Since taking cooking classes with Alex, she now likes to cook at home with her mom. When not at HOLA, Melissa likes to go swimming and shop with her mom and her cousins (who also attend HOLA).


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