Samantha Parkington from 1904 is an orphan who is living with her grandmother, Grandmary after her parents died in a boating accident when she was five years old.
Grandmary spends time teaching Samantha how to be a proper “young lady”. Samantha meets Nellie O’ Malley, a young Irish immigrant who is working at Samantha’s neighbor’s house. In the early 1900’s, many people from Ireland came to the United States. People left Ireland because of extreme poverty and hunger due to the potato blight and the famine in the 1850’s.
Samantha and Nellie end up being good friends even though their lives have been
so different. Samantha teaches Nellie how to read and write.
Samantha is a cheerful leader and she likes to learn and paint and she’s good at public speaking. Samantha goes to live with her Uncle Gard and her Aunt Cornelia
who end up adopting Nellie and her sisters Bridget and Jenny. They all become sisters. Like Samantha and her sisters, we all know how important it is to have a safe and loving home and family.
Similar to how Samantha helps Nellie learn to read, I encourage my friend Becca to keep trying to learn new things. I am very supportive like Samantha.
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By Mara Glener
Mara is a Yes She Can trainee. While Girl AGain boutique is closed, Mara is working remotely with job coaches, preparing merchandise to sell online.