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Bowman relates to Chavez’s struggles

Students learn, appreciate leader’s commitment to change

Posted: April 21, 2009 10:23 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Bowman educators and ASB students celebrate Cesar Chavez' birthday. Not only were Bowman students able to relate to him, but also learned details about his life and commitment to change.

 

On Cesar Chavez Day, Bowman "Bulldogs" celebrated the life of a man who began a crusade that created better working conditions for all Americans.

Can you relate to Cesar Chavez? Not only were Bowman students able to relate to him, but also learned details about his life and commitment to change.

"I found out that it is important to find unity among groups of people," student LaNees Ferguson said. Jean Williams was "interested to find out he was an activist who fought for the rights of farm workers."

"Not only did Chavez stand up for his beliefs, but also he showed us that you can be effective without being violent," student Ryan Brown said. Eddie Esparaza enjoyed the music in the quad, which reflected real traditions of the Mexican culture and encouraged him to learn more about Cesar Chavez's life.

Class discussions further explored the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. Students learned that Chavez and his family were victims of the Great Depression in the 1930s, and that similarly to the current economic crisis, Cesar's family lost everything. As migrant farm workers, his family was forced to move constantly, and young Chavez changed schools 30 times. In eighth grade, he was forced to drop out of school in order to work full-time to support his family.

Bowman students learned that Cesar Chavez was an individual who endured many obstacles and instead of allowing those obstacles to dictate his life, he became part of history, improving basic working conditions for farm workers.

Student Matt McWaters said, "No matter what difficulties you face in life, as long as you stick to your convictions and moral purpose, you will eventually achieve your goal."

Jose Rosales is a special education teacher at Bowman High School.

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