The first time Rocio Guerrero sat down with her son’s guidance counselor at Alhambra High in Martinez, California, Danny was a junior. He was being placed on athletic suspension because of grades. The football player, who hoped to play at the nearby community college after high school, would not be on the field his senior year. For Danny, it meant the possibility of his dreams being crushed. For his mom, who wanted him to go to college, the advice wasn’t cutting it.
“She was giving us instructions to take him to another school, recalls Guerrero. But a new school — especially an alternative school — didn’t seem like the best choice for Danny’s future. Beyond her son’s sports dreams, Guerrero knows the importance of college. But she’s just started to see all the things she needed to do to support Danny’s — and the family’s — dream of college.
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