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Closing the Opportunity Gap

My friend Bill wasn't planning on saving any lives when he joined AmeriCorps and began his year of service at an inner-city elementary school in Manchester. His main purpose was to help his students make it through fifth grade, develop some marketable skills of his own, and save a little money for college. But early last year, one of the students he tutored revealed to Bill that he wanted to commit suicide. The child was 11 years old.

There is a wide and growing gap in American society between people like me who were raised in stable homes and supportive communities, and students like Bill's who "picked the wrong parents," to borrow from Robert Putnam's phrase in "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis." the full column by OKNH Committee Member Dan Weeks here

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RT @LaureninNH: So many little ways to help close the #opportunitygap. This one looks fun!! @ourkidsnh

3 years ago

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