• Posted on: May 3, 2011

Sophia Chein

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was a to me. I never really grew up with my parents. I’m the youngest and my brother and sisters were far away, so I didn’t have anybody to look up to through my teen years.

I found the coming from a library. I went onto the building to check out the place. It had so many activities that I wanted to do but the art center was “it”. Coming into the art center, everybody was so welcoming. I loved to draw and do a lot of art activities. Art was my favorite hobby. I went every single day it was open throughout my high school years. Everybody was really helpful with my art projects for school. They brought the best out of me. I was the best in my art class in school and as a result, I received a certificate.

I grew very close to everybody at the EOYDC. They were because they were there for my through my problems. that worked there were like my parents, giving me a piece of their mind to guide me in the right way. I also experienced what it was like to have little brothers and sisters by being with younger in the art department. Being the oldest in student in the art class became a step up for me. I learned the responsibility of helping and teaching in some of the art classes. I loved teaching and helping the other students in art.

Everybody and everything in the Oakland Development Center was my inspiration. I am talented and I am proud to say that I am because I know I am thanks to everybody at the EOYDC.

Sophia Chein, Castlemont Graduate Class of 2005

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