It was February 12th, 2011 a Saturday; and for the first time in a long time I witnessed a moment of pure clarity and inspiration. It was a scene that not many people will witness. About 40 middle school students participating in the Young Heroes Program were playing a game of Jeopardy. All the questions were related to statistics found on the homeless population but the kids weren’t comprehending the seriousness of the questions.
The Jeopardy questions were related to their age group. There were questions such as “how many families became homeless last year in New Hampshire?”
Afterwords in teams, we reviewed the facts from the game. The talkative middle school students became fixated on all the statistics that they were reading about. A discussion about this problem formed without an effort. These Young Heroes became as motivated as ever to make a difference in their community.
From 1:00pm to 3:00pm, 10 teams of 8-11 middle school students collected over 25 trash bags full of clothing. These clothes are being taken to a clothing bank called New Horizons in Manchester where they will be sorted and donated to people in need. Once again, a small group of people demonstrate that they can and do make a difference to the world.