In One Generation, a Farmworker Family Grows College Ambitions
Tennessee Watson, NPR
Angel Benavides, 14, has missed the beginning of the school year for as long as he can remember. Both his parents are farmworkers, with schedules that revolve around harvest time for potatoes, corn, beans, and beets.
Benavides is fortunate. He doesn't have to work in the fields. Instead, he's been able to focus on college thanks to the Migrant Education Program and the educational resources and support it provides to help migrant students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle.