I told my dad, “ Drive faster, we are going to be late.” He took those words seriously. We arrived at Lovonya DeJean Middle School at around 6:05, luckily on time. As my parents and I walked into the multipurpose room where the meeting was going to take place, we were quickly separated. Mr. Rea called us to a corner, gave a small overview of the schedule, and then told us to sit with our cohort. “David Barba,” shouted Don Gosney, then gave my the UPenn flag, which was to be carried by us as we were presented to the School Board.
The meeting started off will the basics, attendance, and a brief summary of the night. Then it kicked off into full gear. Multiple teachers and students of from different ESL programs spoke on behave of stopping budget cuts of there program and asking for funds. After listening to all of the speeches, I felt that the students gave better speeches than the teachers. In particular, there was one speech, in which, a six-year-old girl went up with her mother and talked about how it was because of ESL that her mother was able to help her with her homework. I believe that anybody alive would become a supporter of adult school after seeing this.
The ILC cohorts were up next. Each cohort went up and the chaperones introduced the students and what each one will be doing this coming summer. I felt proud to be in front of the WCCUSD School Board. After being presented to the school board, we each received a certificate to recognize my participation with ILC. This is one of the many memories that I will have of the ILC, I have already framed and placed the certificate in my room. We were followed by the sponsors, who deserve many thanks, and unfortunately, did not have an opportunity to speak. The last speakers were two former ILCers. After listening to their speeches, they drastically increased my excitement for this summer. Each speech had one thing in common, and that was that the ILC produces the leaders of the future.
The meeting was over, but the ILC kept going. Don stepped up to the plate when it came to the group picture. Knowing that photography is his forte, setting up was going to take awhile. There was “you move to the right” and “you move to the left,” but alas, we were in position. Don took almost an endless amount of photos.
The night was one of the four landmark events of the ILC. As the next one gets close, so does the summer, which I just can’t wait for it to come already.