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.
Last year, my family and I decided to participate in FSH’s Adopt-a-Family program. Being a recent college graduate, living at home and completely out of touch with the true cost of living, the experience had a huge impact on me and how I view the little things, basic needs like socks and body wash. Items I had never in my life had to do without.
A little girl runs home from the bus stop after school. It is a dreary day, but it doesn’t dampen her spirits. Through the front door to her warm, cozy home, she darts straight to her room, impatient for what comes next. There, already lovingly laid out on her bed by her mom, is what she’s dreaming about all day – a pink satin gown with pale pink lace trim and a crown that will sit regally on her head. She is a princess everyday, but TONIGHT she will dress like one.