To access members-only content on cta.org, please sign in below. Register Now

Remember me

Grade Level: 5-6
Region: 1
Student: Maggie McPeek
Teacher: Georganne Nuger
Chapter: Livermore EA


Health and Acceptance


Cesar Chavez, a migrant farm worker, fought for his and others health. Chavez did all he could do to change the problems with pesticides by going on strike because they were getting the migrant farm workers sick. He also wanted people to accept everyone as equals because the other people weren’t treating the migrant farm workers equally. Cesar was a hardworking man and he wanted for everyone to be accepted and healthy. Cesar Chavez was a humble man full of determination and faith. He organized many strikes, a march from Delano to Sacramento, and the Grape Boycott to get people together to stand up for what they believed. Cesar had a hard life because he was raised on a farm, lived in a tent under a tree, and joined the navy at the age of seventeen.

Health and acceptance are two main values in my life because I was diagnosed with type one diabetes a few months ago. I want to be like Cesar Chavez in a way because I want to help others with this disease. This disease has changed my life but my family and I are staying strong. Even though I have this disease I don’t want people to hold it against me and I want people to accept me for who I am, not someone I’m not.

Acceptance is a main key in my life because you use it every day. I use it when someone wants to be my friend. Cesar used it when he tried to get migrant farm workers to be accepted as equals to others. Cesar Chavez stated, “In this world it is possible to achieve great material wealth to live an opulent life. But a life built upon those things alone leaves shallow legacy. In the end, we will be judged by other standards.” To me this means to live a good life because God will be our judge in the end.

Health is another strong key in everybody’s life. In my life, my health issue is with the disease I have. In Cesar’s life, health was with the pesticides on the crops and how they were making the farm workers sick. Everybody has something in life that they don’t want or deserve, but they have to accept that into their life just like I accept my diabetes. But I just push that to the side and enjoy everything else I have to love. Everything happens for a reason, is what my parents always tell me. Maybe your reason is to teach others about the same problems you have, but always remember there is someone in this world that has it worse than you. Cesar Knew that even though he had to sleep in a tent under a tree, there were people who didn’t have anything at all so he organized many strikes to change conditions for the migrant farm workers.

Cesar Chavez inspires me greatly because of his attitude towards health and acceptance. He was a hardworking man who showed people that you shouldn’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in even if you stand alone. Cesar’s example of this is that he was willing to do all he could even if he did it alone like with his march to Sacramento to see how many people would join him. I hope I can be like Cesar in many ways because he is life changing to many people around the world.

Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.

© 1999-2012 California Teachers Association