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Hi, I am Layla. I live in Astoria, Queens with my mom, dad, and younger sister Cassie. We live in an apartment upstairs from my grandmother and grandfather.

Grandma is a great cook. She’s Greek and always cooks the best dishes she remembers from Greece. Sometimes I help her cut vegetables for moussaka, or drizzle honey over warm backlava. For the holidays, all our aunts, uncles, and cousins go to grandma and grandpa’s house. Luckily, we live upstairs, so we’re always there first.

Leni is my best friend. She waits at the corner for me and we walk the four block to school together every day. I love computers and math. Some boys at school used to pick on me and Leni. I learned to stick up for myself but it wasn't easy, so I started an anti-bullying web page where kids share their stories and encourage each other. I hope I can continue to help other kids realize just how great they are!

I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up yet. Maybe a chef, or a computer technician, or a human rights activist. Or maybe I can be all three!

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