A few years ago in the early morning hours I fled with my child from my abusive marriage from Dallas, TX and came home to Louisville, KY. Within a split second, the action of escaping my abuser left me homeless, jobless, and mentally defeated. However, being free did not change the reality that was upon me…I was a single parent in a financial crisis. I knew the only way to make life better for me and my daughter was to get my degree in a field that would allow me to do what I loved for the rest of my life. I had to force myself to realize that if I could find the strength to free myself from abuse; I could do anything…we would make it!
In October we celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving in November, and Christmas in December. And as of lately we celebrate holidays such as, ‘National Adopt a Guinea Pig Month’ in March and ‘National Noodle Day’ on October 6th. But, do you know what “holiday” we often over look when preparing for these well-known and not so well known holidays? BIRTHDAYS!
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” This quote by John Quincy Adams is the essence of what not only our single-parent scholars are achieving, but what our young scholars are practicing.
Here at Family Scholar House, we are so grateful to have the help of community members who graciously give their time and talent to further the mission of FSH. Three students from Collegiate, during their week of volunteering, learned about the many opportunities FSH provides to the single-parent students
There is a new constellation consisting of 20 stars that can be seen from the Parkland neighborhood. This constellation consists of a group of single parents who upon moving into the Parkland Scholar House discovered their shine. These Parkland stars completed their first semester after moving into housing receiving GPA’s above a 3.0, five of which are 4.0’s!
I’ve been thinking about snow days a lot recently. Of course, we have all had plenty of time to think about them because we have had so many of them. Through the magic of Facebook, I am blessed to have a good number of “friends.” Some are more familiar to me than others and, together, they comprise a unique social group, with diverse backgrounds, experiences, opinions, interests and perspectives. This is easily seen in the thoughts and photos they share. So understandably, my FB friends have different reactions to our extreme winter and the impact it has had on their schedules, their lives and the school calendar for their children.