I am Joan Melvin. When I was 29 years old, I decided to come to the United States. My sister Silvia and my friend Eliezar helped me to pay for my trip to come here. My friend Eliezar is from Guatemala and he was my classmate in the institute “INTECAP” and my co-worker, too. I came to live in Guatemala City after the civil war in my country El Salvador in 1989. When I was 19 years old, my parents took the decision to send me to Guatemala because I had my cousin Adita living
In 1958, I was born in Gongzhong which is in the south of China. In 2012, I came by myself to Hayward. In 2001, my parents moved to Oakland. My brothers and sisters live in Fremont. I bought a house in Hayward because I like Hayward. I like going to school to learn English. I ride a bicycle to attend my ESL classes at the Hayward Adult School and for the Conversation Class at the Hayward Library. I have a job taking care of a baby boy. I like my job. He is a nice boy.
I read a book about trains. I learned a lot about trains. Many people ride trains. They go to many places. They like to travel. You can see many things from the train. They have windows on the train. You can see trees as you go by the hills on the train. You can see animals. You can see beautiful flowers everywhere. You can see birds flying around in the sky. At night you can see bright lights. Sometimes you can see the sun come up in the morning time. Sometimes y
I had stopped attending the Hayward Library Literacy – Plus Learners Program for months because I had a major knee replacement surgery last May. My recovery has been a long process. I had a lot of therapy through the rehabilitation program of the hospital. I am still experiencing pain every now and then, however I’m dealing with the pain in a positive way. I wanted to resume my studies so I made contact with my tutor Alma to meet at the library. Alma is an excellent tutor
I have been waiting a long time to vote in my life. It is something I have always wanted to do, but I did not know how. One day my best friend, Colleen, asked me if I ever voted. I told her no. She asked me if I wanted to vote. I told her I would like to vote very much. So I asked Mary, my tutor, about it. Mary got me an application. I filled it out and signed up. I registered to vote in October 2008. I voted the first time in November 2008 and that was four years ag