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hHighlight_photo1That’s the phrase used quite a bit these days when we talk about impacting something on a societal level, “moving the needle”. I get asked a lot in my work about what I think an individual can really do in terms of that process. Like, how can I get involved where I can be relatively sure that what I’m doing is going to have a long-term impact? Here’s what I tell them:

Read to a child. It doesn’t take a lot of time. It’s so simple. And it’s highly entertaining. And you absolutely will be helping achieve something better and brighter for tomorrow.

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This week’s Time Magazine has an interesting article about kids experiencing homelessness and how it affects their schooling. The article focuses on Minneapolis, where nearly 1 in 10 children attending public school are homeless. The article also states that preliminary figures show a shocking 16% increase in homeless students throughout the US.

Bringing it closer to home, the Puget Sound Education Service District estimates that there are 15,000 homeless students in King and Pierce Counties.

While the numbers are grave, the positive note is that there is legislation like the McKinney Act which requires school districts to help homeless children stay in one school continuously. Also the federal stimulus package has allocated $70 million going towards homeless students.

Overall, it’s good to see that there are systems in place to help kids going through catastrophic times maintain some semblance of normal life.

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