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Hard Working Hands, Big Heart

By: Jasmin Arellano

Ever heard of Miss Rosa? She is one of our custodians at East Grand Preparatory and Buckner Preparatory. A smart, hardworking, independent woman, Miss Rosa makes sure our bathrooms are clean, and our floors are swept. Even though it may not look like it, she is always making sure everything we use is clean. And for this, I want to honor her. She puts so much effort into everything she does, making it all look easy. I personally think she should be admired and respected. And have you noticed? She smiles at all times in the day. She is always smiling.

Here are some facts that you may have not known about Miss Rosa. This was not her first job. Before coming to EGP, she worked in Tyson’s Food for 16 years, cutting meat. She has four children. We have all seen her working. Whether she is cleaning the restrooms, taking out the trash, mopping, or cleaning up after our mess, we should appreciate everything she does for us. She works non-stop; not just in one campus, but both!

Just as she has respect for us, we should show the same respect back to her. Think about it! She does nearly everything for us. Some of us haven’t even noticed how hardworking and committed she is. On a Wednesday afternoon, recently, I was thinking, “why not ask her some questions today so I can get started?” I asked two of my friends if they could come along to help. They agreed, as did my teacher. So, we headed to the office to ask if they had seen Miss Rosa. They told us where she was, outside throwing away the trash. When we stepped out in to the hot afternoon, there she was with Mr. Rangel, coming inside after throwing away our trash.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Our hearts dropped, seeing them. Miss Rosa pushing the cart that all the trash bags are put in, both of them sweating. I asked her if I could interview her for the Digital Media Club. “I’m so sorry,” she said, “I really wish I could, but I still have a lot left to do. They also need me up in the office. How about at the end of the day when I don’t have so much on my hands?” I agreed, so she ran with the cart to continue working. My friends and I returned to class, saying how bad we felt. Realizing how hard she works every day, putting all her effort in everything; working non-stop.

With this, I conclude that Miss Rosa is both a very hardworking and independent woman. She has never let us down and is always putting in twice the effort; giving us more than we need and providing all we ask. She has not failed us; not a single time. We should appreciate her and all her work. Like the famous saying, “treat others the way you want to be treated”. Giving respect as we like to receive it. The next time you see her, you should thank her for everything.  

Thank you, Miss Rosa, for making a difference in our lives by what you do with all your heart!