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I wanted to take a moment to thank all the people I worked with this summer. I am so grateful that I was able to meet and work with them, and that together, we were able to help out our Latinx community here in Charlotte.

Jose, thank you so much for putting me in contact with the amazing place that is The Charlotte Bilingual Preschool. I am so grateful that you thought of me and helped craft the role of a Needs Assessment and Coordinator Assistant for me to fulfill. Thank you for always being open and willing to give me advice and support. This DukeEngage experience would not have been possible with you. 

Susana, thank you so much for welcoming me into your team with open arms. I will always remember how kind you were when I was nervous and first starting out and how you really cared about the importance of forming relationships with the people you work with. Thank you for always answering my questions and doing your best to join all of our meetings and offer advice even with your super busy schedule. 

Iggy, I will miss our daily conversations on WhatsApp! Thank you for always keeping me in the loop with everything that was happening with the preschool. I am grateful that we were both flexible with the work we were doing, especially because things were so often changing. Also, thank you for finding an opportunity for me to do work you know I have done in the past, graphic design, and use it to help the preschool through making flyers to promote virtual events and to support businesses for families. 

Allie and Drew, thank you for always being so kind and willing to help me with the jobs I was tasked with, from helping with food pantry referrals to meal deliveries! Even though we were working on different things and were not in contact as much, whenever we were, you were both always so friendly and I could tell how much you cared about the work you were doing. I admire your empathy with the community the preschool serves and have definitely learned from it.

Yesika and Gracie, even though you guys became a part of my summer later on, I am so happy that I got to meet and work with you both! Thank you for being so kind and for caring about my well-being. I loved working with you both to design our digital literacy lessons and am so proud of the lessons we created, especially because it was something new to all three of us! I will miss our weekly meetings!

My DukeEngage experience this summer would not have been possible or nearly as influential as it was without all of you. I wish you all the best and am so grateful that I received the opportunity to work alongside you all.