Airiona McKinney’s winning Black History Month essay

Beep! My alarm clock goes off. Its 5:30 am got to get my sister to her bus, then grab me a cup of hot chocolate before I catch my bus. My bus comes; I get on, then a few stops later we’re on the highway on our way to Eureka. Its 7:50am by the time we make it. 20 minutes to talk and grab breakfast. By 3:05 I rush out to my bus to go home. 4:30pm I’m home with five pages of homer to do and younger siblings to help. My cousin asks, “Why don’t you go to city schools, where you can get out early and don’t have to ride a bus for an hour?” I say, “Because I get more opportunities out in the Rockwood School District.

If you don’t attend Eureka or any other Rockwood District School you will not understand that just because we are from different parts of Missouri we are like family that sticks by one another through anything, we learn that something youre going through might be hard, but someone else could have it worse. We all see Eureka, but I see it as a melting pot of culture, because no matter your skin color, your ethnicity, your social status you can look around and there will be students and staff that stand in your corner. I for instance am the first family member to attend the Rockwood District and to be in the VICC program. When I came here I thought that the teachers didn’t care and the county students wouldn’t like me because I talked improper, I was loud and rude. That all changed when teachers said, “if you have problems outside of school and it will affect your school work. Come talk to me and we will try to figure things out.” It showed me that they wanted to help us all to succeed and that wasn’t what I got at a city school. Furthermore, I have met many students that go through the same things city kids go through and deal with, such as: waking up early, helping with baby siblings because parents work, or working right after school and sometimes being late for work. In addition, I believe kids that live in Eureka or Wildwood have learned that we’re tough on the outside, because of where we are raised, but inside were just like them with goals of graduating and getting higher education to better our lives. At Eureka we benefit off of one another to get the support we need to become a better us.

Beeep! My alarm clock goes off. Its 5:30am got to get my sister to her bus, then grab me a cup of hot chocolate before I catch my bus. I get on then a few stops later we’re on the highway to Eureka. Its 7:50am by the time we make it. 20 minutes to grab breakfast and talk to friends. Today I get a better opportunity to better myself and someone else.