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!TLANTA - Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Creative WritingWrite AboutWHOM YOUADMIRE MOSTI admire my sister, Shareese, because shehas made a big difference in my life. She hasshown me that hard work and determinationcan bring on good things.Three years ago, Shareese did somethingthat I know wasn’t easy. She became an AtlantaHabitat homeowner. You have to meet certaincriteria for Atlanta Habitat and actually helpbuild the house. She put in a lot of sweatequity to provide a better place for us to live.She did it for our family, which includesmy sister Shareese and her kids, Chantell andDemarcus, and me. Shareese adopted mewhen I was 12 years old; she was only 24.People might have thought she was too young,or that she already had her hands full as asingle mom with two young kids, but she wasdetermined to succeed and that made a realimpression on me. I saw first hand that if youreally want something and work for it, you canget it. Being together as a family is really great.But, in the beginning, we shared a smalltwo-bedroom apartment in a bad neighborhood.Because of my surroundings, I hada hard time in school. I cut classes and mygrades suffered. Things changed, though,when Shareese qualified for Atlanta Habitat.We moved to a new neighborhood. I hadmy own room. Almost immediately, I felt apositive improvement in my life. I joined thefootball team at my new school. I made newfriends. I even got an A in English. Shareeseteased me and said it was a miracle, but shealso said she was really proud of me.I just graduated from high school and I haveplans to go to college this fall. If someone hadtold me that a few years ago, I might not havebelieved them. I’ll miss our house and ourneighborhood and, most of all, I’ll miss mysister. But I want to show her that she’s taughtme a lot and that she’s set a great example.I admire her for all that she’s done to makesure that I am set up to have a bright future.Shareese and Jesse, her brother, along withher children, Chantell and Demarcus, movedinto their Atlanta Habitat home in August 2002.3

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