On this day, Maria and five other teenage girls from Polytechnic High school race through the fellowship hall, grabbing dresses to try on. One by one, the girls come out and model their potential prom dresses. Each one feels confident and beautiful. As Cindy watches them she feels like a proud mother.
“I can’t even express what I feel,” Cindy says. “Just knowing that this is a big day for them. It’s a celebration, because it’s their prom, but some are also graduating.” Like most school districts in the country, Fort Worth also has its challenges with a dropout problem among Latino teens.