LAUSD student flourishes after dangerous childhood in El Salvador
Christian Lopez grew up in Cuscatancingo, El Salvador, home to the infamous 18th Street Gang. El Salvador has a murder rate that is 22 times that of the United States. In 2014, Christian’s mom arranged for her son to move to California to live with his dad. He enrolled in LA Unified School District at Cesar Chavez Learning Academies. He knew little to no English but his writing soon made an impact in the classroom. Christian quickly impressed his teachers but at the end of the day, his motivation is his family back in El Salvador. He says his hope is to one day find a way to move his family to California so they can escape the crime-ridden country of El Salvador. Christian has known since he arrived in the US that by getting an education, he can help the people he left behind
Congratulations to the ACSA Region 16 winner of the Every Student Succeeding Award, Christian Lopez!