Where to start. I went to the Sanford Center most of my
childhood I guess. My mom tended to work different shifts a lot so me
and my sister felt a little bounced around, though there was always
the Sanford Center after school and during the summer. They always
had some activity planned. There was a great diversity in culture and
history. No one ever really felt out of place. The staff was always so
willing to help and not afraid to sit you down.
The Sanford Center didn't shield me from the world. It showed
me that you need to get out there and experience everything. They
took us on trips and showed us right from wrong. It was a very family
oriented place too.
Now I haven't gone to college yet, but that's why I joined the Air
Force. I wanted more direction and stability in my life. As you get
older we all know that's a challenge. If it was one thing I learned
growing up with the Sanford Center is to keep moving forward and to
treat others the way you want to be treated. I guess that was two
I was always encouraged to be myself and true to others. As a
kid you don't think much of it, but it really sticks with you as you get
older. Even now that I'm all grown up and apart of the Air Force I still
am pushed forward with support. I now live by integrity first, service
before self and excellence in all I do.
It may not seem like much, but it's the little things that shape you. I
can't speak for everyone. You take what you put in.