Mother, Daughter Share Special Moment
Saturday, June 29, 2013
The mother-daughter bond between Mia Hernandez and Brenda Cardenas has never been stronger.
In 1992, Hernandez dropped out of Harlingen High School. Nearly 20 years later, the daughter also dropped out of high school in Harlingen.
On Saturday, the two will redeem time lost and earn what they’ve put off. Hernandez and Cardenas will be receiving their GED at the Adult Basic Education (ABE) commencement at the Cultural Arts Center at 10 a.m.
The pair recently decided to go back to school in hopes of improving their lives and the lives of their children.
“We lead by example,” Hernandez, 38, said. “I felt not having an education was showing my kids that an education was not important. And that is not the example I wanted to give them. So I enrolled in the ABE program to get the education and the start I needed.”
The ABE program works diligently every year to provide a basic education for adults needing to get back into the workforce or college.
The latest class is made up of 98 graduates, 16 of whom come from Willacy County’s Raymondville Satellite.
Most students share the same hardship stories like Hernandez and Cardenas. But it’s the decisions during that strife that make the difference in the end, Hernandez said.
“I had a lot of obstacles to overcome,” Hernandez said. “I hadn’t been in school for about 20 years and the material was different.”
Cardenas, 18, is the mother of a one-year old and said simply planning on going back to school was difficult.
“I want to give my son the things I didn’t have,” Cardenas said. “But It’s been hard. I don’t get too much help with my son and sometimes I didn’t have a babysitter. But I got through it and now I would like to continue my education and pursue a degree in Nursing.”
Both praised the ABE program as the saving grace in their journey to complete the GED.
“They were very supportive of my situation and helped me understand the material,” Cardenas said.
Hernandez said it was the caring instructors that made all the difference.
“They gave me emotional support to continue when I felt like I could no longer go on,” Hernandez said. “The people with the ABE program are wonderful and they’re there for each student to help them achieve their goal of earning their GED.”