By PennLive Op-Ed  |  December 09, 2016  |  By Angel Figueroa

This holiday season, one family in Reading, Pa., has a lot to be thankful for.

Jaritza Rodriguez is set to graduate from high school, where she serves as student government president. By this time next year, she’ll have become the first in her family to go to college. She wants to be a radiologist and is applying to Penn State.

Just a few years ago, such a bright future was anything but certain for Jaritza.

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