Goodwill High student fulfills promise to her late mother
“We all have a part. And basically, it’s cheerleading. It’s kicking them in the butt and saying ‘Come on. Let’s go.’ But we are family here. And with us being family, we surround.” - Goodwill Education Center counselor Lora Walsh-Martin At Goodwill Education Center in Victorville, educators are committed to helping students in unique circumstances find a sense of belonging and community. “We help students that have not been successful,” Goodwill Education Center counselor Lora Walsh-Martin said. “For whatever that reason is. They need that support. They need that…that somebody cares about them. Asks them how their day is. And I find that that’s what we do here. And I feel that’s what makes a difference.” Jessica Corona transferred to Goodwill Education Center after struggling both academically and socially at Lakeview Middle. In November of 2016, Jessica’s mother was diagnosed with urinary cancer. Jessica made the decision to change her ways and get back on track with her schoolwork. On October 9, 2017, Jessica’s mother lost her battle with cancer. It’s a loss Jessica still feels every day. It would have been easy to regress after her mother’s death. But the community at Goodwill Education Center stepped up and provided support. In May of 2018, Jessica fulfilled her promise to her mother by graduating from Goodwill High.