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Highland students cover wall with hopes, dreams

Created: 04/15/2014 8:32 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For the past week, students at Highland High School have been writing on walls, covering them with their hopes and dreams.

They're hoping that by seeing those words every single day – they're reminded of what they want out of life.

"Help the homeless," wrote one student.

Another student wrote, "I want to be a professional soccer player."

"I want to visit the Eiffel Tower," said Rebecca Lujan, a sophomore.

For Lujan, it was seeing the giant black walls on campus that forced her to stop and really think about what she wants to accomplish. "When you see it written down it makes it more real to you," added Lujan.

That's the power the walls have on the students. They're reminded of what they want each time they walk past it. "It makes you try harder for your goals," said Lujan, who also wrote down that she wants to be a UNM cheerleader.

"My students said, you know, I get so stuck in the little things of the day, the little dramas that really aren't important and it's good for us to think about these bigger things because they're the things that really are important," said Melinda Forward, who teaches French at Highland.

The simple exercise has changed the school atmosphere. Forward said she's seen a difference in her students – more drive and more confidence.

"I've also written prove all those who look down on me wrong," said Melanie Aragon.

And it's that confidence that's helping the students at Highland dream big.


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