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Tenderloin School Keeps Decade-Old Promise To Students

By Garvin Thomas
|  Friday, May 31, 2013  |  Updated 9:19 PM PDT
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De Marillac Academy opened its doors in 2001 with a single mission: give children living in San Francisco's Tenderloin District a shot at a life that, for many, had been out of reach. Twelve years later, that dream is becoming a reality.

De Marillac Academy opened its doors in 2001 with a single mission: give children living in San Francisco's Tenderloin District a shot at a life that, for many, had been out of reach. Twelve years later, that dream is becoming a reality.

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This story was originally posted on May 29, 2013

Bianca Rojo has plenty of reasons to be proud these days. She just graduated from San Francisco State University this past weekend, the first in her family ever to attempt, let alone graduate college.

But Bianca is also making history as part of a different kind of family. Eight years ago, Bianca was among the first ever graduating class of San Francisco's De Marillac Academy.

De Marillac is a Catholic middle school founded in 2001 with the goal of giving the children of the Tenderloin District a shot at an education, and a life, that for most was out of reach.

Bianca's graduation is proof De Marillac is doing just that.

Watch Garvin Thomas' story above.

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