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Community Data: Taking the Complexity out of Your Social Support Decisions

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Social issues are complex. One size doesn’t unequivocally fit all. But, when we are able to utilize data, your gift has the power to turn complex issues into high impact and life-changing community solutions...

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A Love for Learning: Helping Kids Find their True Potential

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tonya was worried because she knew they did not have the funds to pay for a personal tutor at school. She had to think about utility bills, house payments and food, yet she knew Josiah’s education was also a top priority. Then she found out about The LEARNING CLUB® of Toledo.

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AVID: Be Better, Every Time

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Many of my students come to me with some version of the same statement: “I don’t know how to solve this.” What they’re really saying, though, is that they don’t know where to start. That’s what holds back most average students—they just don’t know where to begin.

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The Last Pencil: Having Supplies for our Students

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

I opened the bottom drawer of my desk, where I kept some of my extra school supplies, like pencils, pens and notebooks. In August, this desk was full to the brim, but, by the time December hit, it was nearly bare.

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A Path to Success: Finding Potential From A Big Brother

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Grandma use to be my rock. She kept me grounded and made me feel safe and loved. Yet gradually, her health began declining. As I got older, I started skipping class to stay home and take care of her. I was ready to just give up and quit school and then I met Trevor...

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Regaining Perspective: The Value of Volunteering

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Growing up, I frequently helped out at my hometown’s community pantry. Every experience there allowed me to build new perspectives. Years later however, I had let this part of me slip away. I knew it was time to recommit as a volunteer, but how could I get involved?

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Let's Read Together: Overcoming Language Barriers

Monday, November 5, 2018

His teacher continues talking, making attentive eye contact, which always makes me a little nervous. I hear the words she says and I nod my head, though, I comprehend very few of them. What I can understand and what I do hear is our son’s name.

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Turning the Page: The Power of Reading and Mentorship

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

They say that knowledge is power. At least that’s how I felt when I first really got into reading. The world was at my fingertips as I ripped through each page, hungry for more, soaking up every word. My mind couldn’t keep up with my eyes as they flew across the text.

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Emotional Anxiety: Seeing Through The Eyes of a Child

Monday, October 15, 2018

Today, my classroom was bustling with cheerful students, yet, glancing around the room, I paused when my eyes landed on Tommy--hiding in the far corner of the class, his face sad and distant...

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Call On Me: Speaking Up and Sharing Your Story

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

“But what makes a story great?” asks the docent. She looks at me, my head full of stupid ideas of a girl and her dog walking in the woods at night. My hands are clammy, my face is red, my heart is racing.

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