It is easy to see the joy in Lila’s eyes. “She is my little piece of sunshine,” Marcella will say to anyone who meets her and her daughter – but life has not always been easy.
Caught off-guard by her husband’s sudden death when she was just five months pregnant, Marcella had to look for work and soldier on. It’s that very drive – and Marcella’s infectious smile – that has put them on the path to greatness.
She was able to secure a spot for Lila at a United Way Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership school (EHS-CCP), Lillie C. Evans K-8 Center. At sites like these, low-income infants and toddlers under the age of 3 are given an early start to a good life, learning through innovative education. Because of this win, she found a job and was able to continue her own education.
Marcella works part-time as an interventionist at Brownsville Middle School. There she builds relationships with her students and gets them to reach for the stars and achieve more than they ever thought they could.
After experiencing the positive changes attending Lillie C. Evans had on Lila first-hand, Marcella started volunteering there on the side. Thanks to the generous support of our community and our United Way, she’s learned that getting involved offers benefits not just for the students, but also for the parents themselves. Last fall she was elected to serve as president of the parent committee and now represents the school at monthly policy council meetings.
Marcella is working hard to provide a brighter future for her family. Marcella serves as a role model for other parents to get engaged in their child’s schools. She and Lila are now a team – and an unyielding force in our community.