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Grade Level: 7-8
Region: 2
Student: Nelly N. Avendaño
Teacher: Anabel Enriquez
Chapter: Alhambra TA


Cesar E. Chavez: Leading My Way


Once in a generation there comes a person that will inspire people to do what others say is “impossible.” My inspiration – Cesar E. Chavez has made a huge impact in my life. He fought to gain justice for farm workers. Chavez once said that, “The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being, but it’s also the most true to our nature.” He dedicated his life to helping all people no matter what ethnicity. Like Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez wanted to bring change to the world without the use of violence. I follow in Cesar Chavez’s footsteps to always do the right and humane thing. I am motivated to go after my goals and never let the light in me die out.

“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” Saying this, Chavez showed that teamwork is not only important, but it’s necessary for success. Chavez was a Hispanic American labor leader who organized the first effective union of farm workers in the history of California agriculture, but he could’ve never done this if it weren’t for teamwork. Chavez has helped me to see how our world functions as a team, and how we all need each other to prosper and grow. Like Chavez I use teamwork in my life, even if it only begins in my classroom. I know the importance of teamwork, because of Associated Student Body (ASB). As an ASB member, I know firsthand that teamwork is key in executing school events. Each person has his or her small job, and in the end everything comes together to form a fantastic event. The principles of cooperation and teamwork are alive in both Cesar Chavez’s work and in my ASB team.

Today, many students don’t see the benefits of education, but that is only because they don’t understand the importance it has on their future. Chavez never graduated past 8th grade, but still believed that, “the end of all education should surely be serviced to others,” My education is my passion and when I finish school I’m determined to give back my knowledge to others just like Chavez did throughout his life. He has showed me what a priceless gift education is, and to take advantage of what I have. He inspires me to always give 100% because life is too short not to give it your all. Just like Chavez I will go after the goals that come from the heart.

I’ve just started my journey in life, and I can already see how this world works, and the importance of a person’s actions. Chavez changed the way I see my future. By giving back to his community Chavez helped me see how servicing others help the world grow stronger. The message that Cesar Chavez has given me is to work hard and use the knowledge I’ve learned to service my community. I value my education now more than ever. My education will be an example of the message that Cesar Chavez tried to install in all people.

Chavez demonstrated the power of one person’s determination. I now look at myself as a person that can make a difference. He’s an example of a true super hero with no cape or magical powers. He has the motivation that comes from his heart, and ganas to never stop fighting. Chavez showed the world that united there is nothing we can’t accomplish. He was a hero whose legacy will continue to live on. I hope to follow in his footsteps and make this world a true union.

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

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