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  • Writer's pictureBenay Hicks

Perspective | The future of North Carolina? His name is Elias

Meytal Barak, July 19, 2021 Published in EdNC

Elias was just a few weeks old when I first met him and his mother Mariana in 2016. Mariana’s schedule has always been a balancing act: a full-time student, who also works full time — all while raising her beloved son as a single parent. Over the years, Mariana and Elias have weathered their share of challenges, from short stints of homelessness to health scares.



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