What connects with me the most is the support that Friendship offers its families. I was raised as an only child, and Adria is my only child. This organization has wrapped its arms around my daughter and me. We’ve felt very supported throughout our years in the Friendship system.
Can you talk about your experience at Friendship over the years – how long have you been involved with the school?
That’s another big reason why Friendship is like family to me. A lot of schools might offer initial communication after a situation like that, but Friendship was consistent with the opportunities and support it offered. The organization went above and beyond, without question.
You don’t have to attend every school event. Just ask the teachers or school leader, “How can I support you? Is there a way you can livestream the event so I don’t have to miss it?”
Carlos Richardson also stands out. His father was my mentor in college, and I’ve known Mr. Richardson since he was in 6th or 7th grade. I’m so blessed that Adria can know him as a committed educator and see his dedication to his students and how he’s an encouraging voice that students sometimes need if they don’t hear it from others in their lives.
How has Adria responded to your involvement over the years?
I have a bookbag that says, “I am my child’s role model.” I try to live that every day. I hope that in the future Adria will look back on these days and say, “My mom was one of the good ones. My mom really did stick by me.”