Donjarica’s story, a Stand IN Fellow

Parent & Family Engagement | 10/07/2019

Donjarica Walton
IPS Parent Advocate

I’ve lived on the East side of Indy most of my life. I was raised by a single mom who did all she could for us. She tried her best when it came to our education, but since she dropped out at the end of 8th grade, she couldn’t always be there the way she wanted.

For the longest time, my life was about making ends meet. As the oldest of six, I spent a lot of time watching my younger siblings. When my mom passed away when I was 25, I even helped raise some of them because I was already a mom.

I had my son, Darrelle, when I was only 16. I tried to make it to my high school graduation, but I dropped out my senior year. Taking a bus from school to my job, another bus back home, and then staying up all night with a baby made high school seem impossible. But I did get my GED. I did attend college. I hope to one day go back and pursue a career that helps children. But even without that career, I can help. And you can too.

When I got a call from Miss Ashley, Stand Indiana’s Regional Organizing Director, I thought she was inviting me to just another meeting and thought, “Why not?” I didn’t expect much from it, but after attending, my mind was blown. Working with Stand Indiana has changed my life.  

As a mom a four, I want ALL my children to have a great education. Being involved with Stand Indiana has given me a voice to help make that happen.   

Today, looking at my babies, I realize they are everything I wanted to be. They are student athletes and ambassadors, and they love school. Their lives are much more carefree. And as parents, isn’t that what we want? We want our babies to have better lives. This better life starts with their education.

Please join me in the fight to ensure ALL Hoosier kids have equal opportunities and a quality education.

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