So today I made about 7 pounds of play-dough (literally dough--flour, salt, kool-aid mix, water) for kids who've had trauma or other issues and need some play activities. I found the opportunity through volunteermatch.org, with an organization called The Family Partnership in Minneapolis. They need all kinds of stuff for the kids, too--books, silly putty, healthy snacks...here's 20 things they need just for starters.
They work with kids and families to close the opportunity gap--trying to make sure all kids have the same opportunities when they begin life. Obviously, that goal is pretty tough in our society. Some kids don't have and can't afford play-doh, so we make it for them. Imagine that. Some kids don't learn to ride bikes because who has a bike? There are so many experiences we take for granted.
Anyway, Betsy Devos, Trump's choice for secretary of education is pretty depressing. But whether schools improve or not is barely relevant, some kids start so far behind in life. Inequality in our nation starts at birth. There is no Horatio Alger for these kids. So here's some play-doh, and I'm donating some books, too--Shel Silverstein, A light in the Attic, for one, and if I can find it, one of my favs, The Giving Tree.
That’s the big thing in life you have to try to always remember—you gotta be the tree. Be the tree. Be the tree.