Gabrielle (Gabby) Lopez - Pierson KidsZone

December 9, 2020 - Daytona Beach News-Journal USA TODAY NETWORK

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My name is Gabrielle (Gabby) Lopez and I am in the second grade at Pierson Elementary. I've been coming to the KidsZone program since I was a little girl. I think I was 4 years old. My mother attended the class to learn English and she still comes with me two times a week. My mom is in her class doing her lessons on a computer and she puts her work in a notebook. I am in the other room working and having fun.

I like KidsZone because it helps me with my reading and math on ZEARN. Math is my favorite subject and I love it. 

When I grow up I want to be an artist because I love to draw and paint.

My favorite fiĀeld trip last year was the Christmas concert. I saw Santa Claus and he gave us candy canes. We ate pizza and listened to music.

I have three sisters: Janet, 25; Selena, 24; and Monica, 14. My brother, Juan, is 19. I am going to celebrate Christmas with my family. I wake up early and get my presents from under the tree. I hope I get a lot of gifts this year. I really, really, really want a hoverboard and a special mug for my grandmother.

The Food Brings Hope program makes me happy. It helps me and my family.

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