19-year-old puts her life on hold to raise sib­lings

Austin American-Statesman - - B METRO & STATE - By Ri­cardo Gan­dara rgan­dara@states­man.com states­man.com/ sea­son­for­car­ing.

The din­ner ta­ble fea­tured spaghetti, and a plate of it was right next to Randy Cray­ton’s home­work. The kinder­gart­ner was prac­tic­ing writ­ing words and the al­pha­bet. He was hav­ing a heck of a time con­cen­trat­ing, but LaRonda Rowe was keep­ing him on task.

“Let’s start over,” said Rowe, the boy’s sis­ter and le­gal guardian.

“I want to go to the bath­room,” said Randy, 5.

“Randy, that looks like a J, not an I,” said an­other sis­ter, 16-year-old Patsy Cray­ton. “Don’t rush it. Take your time.” Some­times it takes a tag-team ef­fort by the sis­ters to make sure Randy ffnishes his school­work.

Rowe, who cel­e­brated her 19th birth­day Satur­day, and her sib­lings are part of the Austin Amer­i­can-States­man’s Sea­son for Car­ing pro­gram, which helps 12 fea­tured fam­i­lies and hun­dreds of other Read up­dates from the other fam­i­lies and see the orig­i­nal sto­ries and pho­tos at

SFor more in­for­ma­tion on Sea­son for Car­ing, call 445-3590 or email com­mu­nity@states­man.com. To make a do­na­tion, go on­line or see the do­na­tion form on . fam­i­lies through lo­cal non­profft agen­cies. Rowe was nom­i­nated by Foun­da­tion

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