Letter to the editor: Charter school changed life

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Originally published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – July 10, 2019

I was 18 years old when I had my daughter, but that wasn’t going to prevent me from getting my diploma. I made it a top priority and I swore to myself that neither I nor my child would ever become a statistic. But I could only accomplish this goal with the right resources. I searched for different options that would give me the best work-life balance and was fortunate to come across a school that offered students the chance to earn their diploma.

I immediately enrolled at Hill House Passport Academy Charter School, which, similar to traditional school, put me in a classroom setting. Yet this time, the classes were small, the schedule was more accommodating, and the teachers had the time and resources to give me their undivided attention.

HHPACS never judged me. Everyone was so supportive that it made it easier to focus on my goals, graduate as valedictorian and take care of my baby girl. I now work at a law firm and will graduate next spring with a bachelor’s in psychology. I’d suggest those considering a better and brighter future to enroll. The impact this school had on me will stay with me forever.

Grace Yearwood

Penn Hills


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