Student steps up to make late grandfather proud of him

August 24, 2021

Zayne Higuera's grandfather was always there as a caretaker. Then illness made him unable to look after Zayne and his brother, to a degree that Zayne’s high school counselor became concerned at his slipping attendance and grades. Zayne's situation worsened when his grandfather was hospitalized and passed away, leaving Zayne at 14 in charge of his younger brother. Under CPS oversight, a longtime family friend agreed to take in both boys and provide them with a stable home. Though at first the transition was difficult and caused Zayne to act out, he soon started to thrive. With the assistance of his guardian, Zayne’s low reading level was identified, allowing him to gain confidence and skills as well as participate in football and wrestling.

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