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Between Two Worlds: Born in the U.S. and struggling in Guatemala

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Story by: Perla Trevizo
Times Free Press

CHIVARRETO, GUATEMALA. (Times Free Press) — It's lunch time at the elementary school in Chivarreto, a tiny Guatemalan village surrounded by rolling hills, tall pine trees and narrow dirt roads, where running water is available only a couple of times a week and most households lack showers and indoor bathrooms.

Today, lunch is atol, a hot drink made of corn and soy dough boiled with water, cinnamon and sugar.

In her fourth-grade classroom, Jennifer Xiloj, a 10-year-old dressed in jeans and sandals, kneels down, places her white flower-print plastic cup on the dusty cement floor and pours herself a cup of atol from a red bucket.

School lunches are one of the things Jennifer misses most from her days at Chattanooga's East Side Elementary School, where chicken sandwiches and pepperoni pizza were on the menu along with salad, fresh fruit and milk.

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