Essence Culver - Westside Elementary FBHonors

December 15, 2020 - Daytona Beach News-Journal USA TODAY NETWORK

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My name is Essence Culver and I'm in the fourth grade at Westside Elementary. I went to school here in kindergarten, but then moved away to Georgia. I came back this year and now I'm in FBHonors. When I got back to Westside, I was very shy and didn't talk to many people. Being in FBHonors helped me to socialize and make friends. Food Brings Hope helps a lot of people by giving them hope and by giving families food because it helps you to learn if you're not hungry.

Math is my favorite subject, and I like it because you are taught many different strategies to use, but you can also use your own strategies to get the right answer. Math will also help me when I become a doctor. Helping people is something I enjoy doing and one of the reasons I want to become a doctor.

I have five siblings — three brothers and two sisters — and we all live with my mom. For Christmas, I would like to get a new pair of sneakers, but it does not matter what color or kind they are, just so they are a size 3. It would be nice if I could give my teacher an appreciation cup and a thank-you card and thank-you cards for all my friends!

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