Written by By Robert Garcia, Mayor of the City of Long Beach, California
Elementary school was a challenging time for me. I immigrated to this country when I was 5 years old and started school in a new country. I was learning a new language while my family was struggling financially.
I quickly learned that I was having a hard time in school — not because I wasn’t trying, but because I couldn’t see the chalkboard. Glasses and eye exams were a luxury we couldn’t afford. After a few years, I got my first pair. And what a difference that made in my learning and my ability to succeed in and outside the classroom.