Unconditional love

So many social service agencies, so many individuals dedicating so much of their lives to helping others rise out of poverty.  So many people trying to create change so children and adults in need can live in the same world as their neighbors who were not born into poverty.  So many volunteers giving time and energy to help create that…

Imagine

Think of a 13-year old girl you know.  For me, it is easy – I have a relative who is 13.  She is so far from being ready to be a parent that it is not even a conversation. Yesterday a few folks from the team here spent part of the day with a man (Michael) who has come to…

Our Olympian Effort

If the Olympics were coming to Washington DC this summer, instead of London – as many in DC hoped they would when applying a few years back – we would house all the athletes, feed all the athletes, and ensure that every athlete was well-prepared to succeed. Why can’t we do that for our residents, for every child and adult…

Zero percent

On Tuesday, I was at an elementary school in DC where I met with the principal.  She is a dynamic and effective leader, and the school is improving as a result.  Presently, the school-wide percentage for reading at a proficient level is 41%.   One grade, however, has 0% of the children at proficiency.   One hundred percent of these…