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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Back To School sales are already swarming the stores. Is it just me, or do they seem to happen earlier every year? We homeschool our children, so it could be that I’m just not in touch with the timeline of things enough, but it seems that summer began not long ago and the end is already near. I feel bad for the kids. Of course, our kids go nearly year long (with large stretches of breaks sprinkled throughout the year).
I might be a little crazy, but I love these sales. Not only the typical notebooks, pencils, and other standard supplies are at near penny prices, but all manners of educational goodness. OK, I’m a bit of a nerd. I might only notice these things because my wife buys up all manners of books and educational materials for the coming year of teaching, but I love it. The books, the “science labs in a box”, posters, and did I mention the books? Lots and lots of books.
We keep telling ourselves we should just invest in having our own library. One day. Maybe. Until then…well, our house is overrun with books.
I’m getting off topic, I think. It is amazing to me the opportunities we have in this country for education. Really, it is limitless. The variety of supplies, the variety of venues, the options we have to ensure our kids get the best chances possible for a bright and engaging future. It can be overwhelming. I think it does drive my wife a bit crazy.
Here’s the thing: Not everyone has the same opportunities. You knew I was going there, but bear with me. Don’t roll the eyes, yet.
Not every child in our own country has the same opportunity. Thankfully, there are programs in place to help. The problem is getting people to know about those programs. I suggest all of you go and look. There should be a Books and Backpacks style drive near you, somewhere. Please, consider helping in this. These are really needed. Really needed. Your work place might have a drive, or the schools will. Talk to them. If they don’t have something going, maybe you and some friends can start a program. It’s a lot for one person, but if a group gets together – it’s amazing what can be done.
Speaking about the lack of opportunities, not everyone has access to programs nor do they have the ability to start programs for education.
Some places, it doesn’t matter what program is in place – they can’t go to school. Especially if they happen to be a girl. Or anything that their society deems unfit.
But there is hope. There are people making changes. Organizations are going into these places and they are making tangible, sustainable, viable changes. Lives are impacted. Children are educated – and then they go and change their community, their society, their culture.
Yes. Real change. Verifiable change. Change that you can see and know that this isn’t a dream. It isn’t a dream. It isn’t a pie-in-the-sky ideal that never is realized.
Of course, they can’t do it on their own. And all the efforts they make cannot make a real impact without the support of you and me.
You and I can make changes on small scales. And those are important changes. Those are needed changes. Those are not changes that we just sweep under the rug or pat someone on the back so they can feel good about themselves. But, what can we do as a group? What can be done when we combine our efforts? What kind of change can that make?
Wouldn’t you like to just see?
Compassion International is one of those organizations. When you sponsor a child – no – when you commit to a child, they do more than give them some food. Education happens. Change happens. Even in areas where the child is deemed unfit – either because of some disability, where they live, or even their gender. Education happens and lives are changed. Communities are changed.
So. Back To School is already on the minds of parents everywhere. Wouldn’t it be nice to make it Back To School for everyone? Maybe we can’t tackle everyone today, but we can tackle some. And then some more tomorrow. And even more the next day. And on and on and on. Then it will be everyone. If we start. If we don’t say that it’s too overwhelming.
What do you think? Let me know your thoughts. Are the sales happening around you? Do you know of programs near you that you can get involved with to help out kids that otherwise will lack in needs this coming school year? Let’s talk about it.
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