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Known to most as María from “Sesame Street”, where she was a fixture for 44 years, Sonia Manzano visited YES Prep Southside Elementary on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Manzano toured our Southside Elementary campus, visited a classroom where the students gave her a warm welcome, and afterward, she read her children’s book “No Dogs Allowed” to excited first graders.

Sonia Manzano is a first-generation American who overcame countless obstacles to become a trailblazing Latina actress, author and producer. She said she traces her success, in part, back to a teacher who inspired and encouraged her to follow her dreams—something caring YES Prep educators work to do every day.

Manzano was in town to serve as the keynote speaker at our Fifth Annual Leading Houston Forward Celebration Luncheon, which raised more than $1 million to support our students!