“Getting involved in a school in this country seemed impossible, and even more impossible if we add the language barrier that limited me. But I never let myself be overcome by fear. I turned it into a challenge and I used it as motivation to keep fighting.”

Maria Leticia Patiño is a Mexican Immigrant mother from the Hermosa Community on the Northwest side of Chicago. She is a parent leader at Nixon Elementary School and the Co-Chair of POWER-PAC’s Health Food and Recess Campaign.