Mirtha Workman spoke to a diverse audience about her hardships as a youth growing up in Mexico.

MARSHALL — It’s possible to come from extreme privation, and with determination, break the cycle of poverty, said one of the speakers at a recent multi-cultural event.

Mirtha Workman, an English Language Learner/seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher for the Round Lake-Brewster School District, brought her eighth graders to the Cultures on the Prairie of Southwest Minnesota event Feb. 11 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

She spoke to the audience about her life in Mexico before her family was able to immigrate to the United States.

“I was born in Mexico,” she said. “I was born into poverty. We lived in an adobe house. The floor was dirt. My mother

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