Esparto High student finds new community after loss
Positivity and responsibility are traits Rayahna Fraijo has learned through the hard lessons life has given her. Right as Ray was about to start middle school in Southern California, her mother passed away. She was taken in by her grandmother, but tragedy struck again when her grandmother died two year later. Adding to her double loss, Ray then had to leave the only community she ever knew to travel to Northern California and live with extended family. Upon arriving at Esparto Middle School, she struggled with grief and fell in with the wrong crowd. But eventually Ray found support, both formal and informal, from her school principal, teachers, counselors, advisers and school staff, which she refers to as “second mothers.” Ray joined athletics, FFA and leadership, determined to make new connections in her school community.