CCC member rises from poverty |

CCC member rises from poverty

Sarah Inglett, corpsmember, California Conservation Corps

Shea Mayfield of the California Conservation Corps Tahoe Center was awarded Corpsmember of the Month for June. Mayfield, who lived in poverty and on the streets of San Bernardino, yearned and struggled with the thought of someday graduating from high school.

Mayfield said of her life in San Bernardino, “I can do better than this, because this ain’t what God intended me to do.” Her dream came true here through the assistance of the Muir Charter School and its teachers, Dave Reichel and Dawn Harkins. She is the only person in her family to achieve her goal as a high school graduate.

Mayfield has been at the California Conservation Corps for 2 1/2 months, and has been a dedicated soldier to get what she came for. She hopes to someday become a dental assistant, and many people at the center believe she could achieve just that.

Mayfield wants to let people at the CCC know that “they shouldn’t believe in all the negative stuff and don’t forget why they came here, and don’t ever forget about their goals.

As for now, Mayfield plans on succeeding in the CCC and is taking everything they have to offer her, because “if your education is getting paid for, you better take advantage of it.”

Mayfield has many people to thank for her success. She thanks God, because “without his prayers, I wouldn’t be here.”

Her thanks also go out to Dave Dickey, C1, because “he always makes me feel like I’m somebody;” Jennifer Gurecki, residential staff, for bringing her great ideas and awesome personality to the C’s; Melissa Haeffner, for bringing the financial class to the table; Lorraine Wong, kitchen supervisor, for her humor, because “it really helps my day go smoothly;” fellow corpsmember, Sarah Inglett, for being like a sister and someone to relate to; and all the other people who have been helpful and positive in her life.

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