“We try to bring in the parents as much as possible and have them involved in the school in all types of different activities,” she said.
For example, the school has pushed for a traffic light at a busy intersection just up the street from the school, which Oza called “the biggest issue” since the school opened. The problem will only intensify as more students are enrolled into the growing school.
Even with those challenges, Oza considers herself lucky.
“I have the best parents in the world,” she said. “I never have a challenge with trying to get parents in or to participate.”
A resident of Sunnyside, Oza said her husband is a Sunnyside native who wanted to stay in the neighborhood after they were married. She happily obliged.
This past week, for Hispanic Heritage Month, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer awarded community leaders of Hispanic descent. Oza, with roots in Puerto Rico, is one of the honorees.
“It’s amazing, a great honor,” she said. “I volunteer all the time with him, in the school, on my own. It means a lot.”
After the island was battered by hurricanes these last few weeks, Oza said she has family she hasn’t heard from since the storms struck.
“My hope is this momentum keeps up, that people will continue to help them rebuild so they can come back better than ever, and just not forget them,” Oza said.