"I don‘t want readers to ever forget the high stakes of these stories—and of all of our stories: that life and death, freedom and bondage, hang in the balance of every action we take…this book will use our two lives as a way of thinking about choices and accountability, not just for each of us as individuals but for all of us as a society…our destinies can be determined by a single stumble down the wrong path, or a tentative step down the right one."– Introduction, pg. xiv
In just six days, Wes Moore will be returning to Champaign County to speak with over 500 9th graders about the choices we make and the impact they have on our lives. From Tim Mitchell's News-Gazette's story on 11-2-2011:
We all want to raise children who want to make the world a better place. There’s no simpler way to instill a lifelong love of community service than by making volunteering a family tradition. Finding age-appropriate volunteer activities might seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve compiled a few ideas here to get you started.
Problem solving, teamwork, creativity, communication and persistence are important job skills. These types of job skills are called Soft Skills and are transferable to nearly every type of job!
But for some elementary students, they are focused on something else – where they’re going to sleep tonight. 630 Champaign County schoolchildren were homeless at some point during the 2016-17 school year*.