Lifting a Girl and Her Ailing Grandmother

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The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund recently featured this Children’s Aid story about Maria Cruz de Leon and how Children’s Aid helped improve her reading. Below is an excerpt from the original article by Daniel Slotnik.

The speakers behind the green sofa and love seat in the sunny living room of Rosa Cruz’s Washington Heights apartment were silent as Ms. Cruz’s 10-year-old granddaughter, Maria Cruz de Leon, shyly danced.

Maria said she loved dancing and singing, but she liked dancing more because “when I’m dancing, I just feel like I’m alone and everybody’s watching me.”

She said she had learned many of her steps at Alvin Ailey Dance Camp, a Children’s Aid Society summer camp that taught her “jazz, hip-hop, a lot of things I can’t even remember.”

Ms. Cruz beamed at Maria’s footwork, her smile belying the tough times they had shared.

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Photo courtesy of Chester Higgins Jr. for The New York Times