An Illuminated Path

11-11-15 Mr Dave - volunteer and vetA common trend in many books, movies and television shows is the power of friendship. We’ve all probably seen a hero in an action movie suddenly get up after getting knocked down, overcoming his or her agony in order to protect a friend.

That’s a character trait we all understand and admire. When times are tough, it is our friends we turn to to help support us. The support can be a hug, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, or even their own two hands as they help us get through your struggles.

It’s a give and take, but ultimately, the power of a good friendship has the ability to get us through even the toughest of moments.

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. – Helen Keller

That is why our Leaven centers aren’t just tutoring centers. We mentor our students, and surround them in a loving and supportive environment. We teach them to be better citizens and friends. We show them how to resolve conflict with their peers. In short, we help them become people better able to give love to others.

We know that strengthening their person is just as important to their success as strengthening their minds. By learning how to be a good friend now, the light of friendship can be one thing that helps keep them on the path to success far into the future. Building a strong foundation, of both education and citizenship, creates a bright path to the future, and is just one more way we’re helping kids and communities rise!

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