Agent Celeste takes us through a typical day at her school in McAllen, TX, and her reasons for doing a Guerilla Haiku program in her community:
My alarm beeps to wake me up in the morning and I lazily shut it off. I wake up 30 minutes later and jump out of bed, knowing I’m probably still going to be late to school. I wake up my sisters, get ready, and eat a quick microwaveable breakfast. By the time I get to school, I’m rushing to get there on time.
As I get to school, I try to remember whether its an A or B day. I remember its an A Day, so I make my way toward the library for advisory, a class where you can do homework. Most schools don’t have advisories, but I don’t go to a regular school. I go to IB, which stands for International Baccalaureate, a challenging educational program that focuses on an internationally standardized curriculum. I, and everyone else who attends this program, are required to do a lot of work, much more than regular high schools.
I have advisory with other sophomores and we are always helping each other out. That’s a good thing about IB: everyone is so easy going and willing to help each other. Not many people attend this program (about 400 students with all 4 grades put together), so its a relatively small school. Everyone knows mostly everyone. Of course we have our cliques, but, for the most part, we are all friends.
After advisory, I go to Chemistry and we get into groups to work on a worksheet together. Then, I go to lunch, where our cafeteria isn’t that big, but there are booths! After lunch I go to Algebra 2 (my teacher is so enthusiastic about math) and then English, which is my favorite class. My last class of the day is Spanish. As I walk to Spanish, I see a group of Option’s students.
That’s where Guerilla Haiku comes in. The whole point is to bring different people together, and, after I’ve seen people being picked on or not being treated right for small reasons, I would love to see different people working as a team and, more importantly, having fun!