Sonia Sotomayor’s widowed mother worked extra shifts to send her kids to a K-8 Catholic school. Blessed Sacrament School hasn’t changed much, writes the New York Times.
Jacqueline Garcia, 8, sat at the front of the classroom, inside Blessed Sacrament School in the Bronx on Wednesday morning. Math does not frighten her. She likes it, because she wants to be a doctor, and to be a doctor, she said, you have to learn math, science and reading.
One of Jacqueline’s older schoolmates, Alicia Sylvester, 12, wants to go to Penn State University and learn to be a pharmacist. Another student, Alex Nunez, 10, is undecided on his career path, but he said it’s a toss-up between a scientist and an astronaut.
“I can go to space and discover new planets and fix some satellites,” Alex said.
The school, which charges $2,900 a year in tuition, hasn’t updated its facilities since Sotomayor was a top student there.