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Twelve-year-old Austina was retained in kindergarten-2 class.  Her principal reported Austina missed a lot of days in school due to her mother’s dependence on her helping them with the family’s subsistence farming activities.  This is sometimes the fate of older students like Austina.  Some households cannot sustain hiring people to work on their farms and the children must step up.  A discussion with her mother assured us that they will find a way around this obstacle.  Austina was happy for a second chance to complete her kindergarten-2 class. Sponsored by: Phil Vasby

Photos of Austina Throughout The School Years: