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November 19, 2012
As much as Superstorm Sandy took away from millions of people, uprooting lives and devastating neighborhoods, it has also inspired, in the worst of times, the best in people – a determination to give. The courage to face rebuilding shattered communities, even in the immediate wake of the hurricane, inspired all of us who watched from afar. We ached at the misfortune of fellow Americans. Even from thousands of miles away, we couldn’t help but see them as neighbors.
January 12, 2010
Recently, I wrote a blog about the Wreaths Across America program and my trepidation about visiting a cemetery. Ironic. The week of Christmas found my family at the hospital with my 90-year-old grandma whose health was rapidly declining. We were certain that a holiday trip to the cemetery was looming. Given our extreme sadness, no one in my family felt much in the holiday spirit.
February 23, 2009
Over the last few months, tens of thousands of outstanding recent graduates of all academic majors and career interests have applied to Teach For America, determined to channel their talent and energy against our nation's greatest injustice -- the fact that where one is born in our country still determines his or her educational outcomes. Teach For America will select about 4,000 rare leaders from among these applicants and will train and support them to teach successfully for two years in our nation's highest poverty communities and then to work throughout their lives, from inside and out