BENEFITING: Imagine Scholar Inc
They're all Superstars. I've known them for one year, but that's how I felt sitting in a circle with twenty five of the Imagine Scholars this week. It's not just because they wrote and performed a song for me at my Farewell meeting! It was because I couldn't find a single person who didn't blow me away with their extraordinary promise. As the writing guru this year, I couldn't see one person whose writing hasn't dazzled me at least once. Imagine Scholar is so special because it's a place where this is the norm. It's where kids who don't fit into their school culture of absent teachers and cramming students can thrive. Most importantly, it's a family that celebrates our unique ideas, feelings and talents.
Over time, I became even more impressed by how much they could accomplish as I discovered their individual hardships at home. As a family, managers like me come to know their heartbreaking struggles to survive. With an unemployment rate three times the US's at the height of the recession, many live with family who are desperate to find jobs; many live only with relatives. I've seen houses destroyed by fire and small houses with too many people. But in homes I've visited, pink walls, lace sofa covers, family photo frames, and big welcoming smiles show the universal love that can still exist inside.
Through these experiences, it has become a part of our program to assist the students most in need with one simple necessity: food. A food pack of under $20 a month is sufficient to change a Scholar's life. Please help me say farewell to these amazing students, and provide a life-giving necessity that will help me see them stronger when I visit next year.
"Knee-a-bonga" (Ngiyabonga: Thank you) to everyone who has supported me, and to every Imagine Scholar!