In the end, what goes around comes around. In this case, the loss of a child led to a gain for a community. The Hanleys serve as reminders of why we give in the first place, either at Christmas or throughout the year. And why we should give. Indeed, why we must.
Children who have to navigate the harsh reality of homelessness on top of poverty often fall through our already porous safety nets and disproportionately drop out of school and then, too often, drop into the prison pipeline.
"Something that I've learned from my mentor is always pay things forward, not necessarily with money, but with actions and deeds. You're not alone. You're not the only one out there in a bad situation. Beat the odds and you'll succeed."
Paying for education is often said to be an investment in the future, but an investment is only as good as the return you get on it. Doing some homework before you finalize your course of study may be the key.
Studies imply that more than 80 percent of dropouts would have stayed in school if they believed it was more relevant to real life. Learning how to run a small business can help kids see how their core classes aren't just cruel tortures from adults.
There is a musician whose work might be missing from your iPods: David "Honeyboy" Edwards. He was a blues icon who passed away in August at the age of 95, but his friends are working tirelessly to preserve his legacy.
There's something troubling about the use of the word "relationship" that excludes all relationships but romantic ones. All other adult relationships aren't just excluded in the wording; they're absent from the studies.
Weary headed and recovering from the flu, I walked into a foundation meeting. Clad in business suits and briefcases, the board was to interview me for the final round of a prestigious college scholarship.