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Family Continues Educational Legacy In Levittown

May 20, 2022

Sandra Magdalena Fernandez is following in the footsteps of her father and brother as participants in a foreign exchange program at Division Avenue High School.
Sandra Magdalena Fernandez is following in the footsteps of her father and brother as participants in a foreign exchange program at Division Avenue High School.
A Spanish father, son and daughter share a unique bond through their educational journey in Levittown. All three attended Division Avenue High School in the Levittown Public School District through a foreign exchange program decades apart, with Sandra Magdalena Fernandez currently attending as a junior.

Sandra is following in the footsteps of her brother, Pablo Magdalena Fernandez, and her father, Oscar Magdalena, who attended Division Avenue 31 years apart. Sandra stays with her godfather, a close friend of her father who also hosted Pablo during the 2019-20 school year. She described her experience of being a student in Levittown as "the definition of the American dream."

Like her father and brother before her, Sandra has formed lifelong bonds. She has met and made friends with many of her peers, and one friend plans to visit her in Spain. She's enjoyed her classes which include a variety of electives such as cooking class, during which Sandra learned how to bake pretzels and cinnamon rolls.

"I feel really lucky," Sandra said. "My friends have helped me open up more. It's a hard thing to be here alone, but people take care of you here."

Sandra said she plans to study medicine after high school.