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Back to School Promise

As most of us are preparing in one way or another for back to school, the smell of fresh pencils and the endless possibilities that a new piece of paper brings. That excitement is sadly not a reality for all.

Currently, 1 out of 4 of High School Students in the United States are dropping out of school. As I heard this terrible statistic  I ran across a man who regardless of politics has really made a difference and continues to reach out to our youth, General Colin Powell. He is a reminder that one person can make a difference and that our children all deserve America’sPromise.org

So as you pack up the backpacks remember the 1.3 million students that won’t finish school this year. Renew your own promise to education and remember the power of one.

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My New Red Shoes

Tomorrow is my son’s first day back to school and as I tucked him into bed last night he told me what he had planned to wear. That nervous excitement of seeing your friends for the first time in months brings joy and excitement for most children.

However, for thousands of homeless children the power of that first day impression brings anxiety and stress. Heather Hopkins, the founder of My New Red Shoes heard her mother’s childhood stories of poverty and decided she could change the first day of school for thousands of children.

Since 2006 over 10,000 homeless children have gone back to school with smiles and new shoes.

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A little girl’s birthday wish…..

I am always so intrigued and inspired by the rebirth that comes from terrible loss. Life is a mystery but how tragedy can turn around into something beautiful for others always gives me hope. Hope in humanity, hope in goodness and just a chance to perhaps see a bigger plan.  Hope that one little person really can make a difference.

Rachel’s story is just that….

Rachel has now raised over $1,000,000. for Charity Water

 

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See whats hatching in Boston

Since its summer time our family is heading east this week to Boston. I asked a friend from Boston if there is any cause dear to her heart that I should see, her response, One Hen.Org

Truly a great story about a few women taking their children’s book, One Hen, and turning the book’s message of microfinance into a real life non-profit.  The book is a story of a West African boy who receives a loan to buy a hen and becomes an entrepreneur in the process. It is the story of one person creating change for himself, then his family and ultimately for his community.

The beauty of this real life story is how one book, one message and one author can create change for thousands of children.

Click here to see for yourself.

True life imitating art in the most beautiful way.

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