I am a refugee, I am a daughter of Palestinian refugees, and I am granddaughter of refugees who were forced to flee their Palestinian homes during the war and violence of 1948. Both my parents have lived in the camps in Lebanon, specifically Shatila, and have lived through the wars in Lebanon. My family moved to the US, specifically Cincinnati, when I was 5 years old hoping for the American dream and a better life. My family struggled and we have lived through tough financial, social and emotional struggles, including racism and poverty. If it was not for the public schools, especially the teachers, I would not be where I am today. This is one major reason I want to give back to the public schools and serve our community, especially those that are struggling.