It’s A Little More Special Here

It’s Special

I know it’s special where you are, but until you experience it here, you probably wouldn’t have a complete understanding why it’s just a little more special here.  You see when the students where I teach high school science graduate, it’s a little more special than you’re run of the mill high school graduation. Where I teach, the effects of poverty are on full display.  Dangerous streets, serious dysfunction at home, crowded conditions, English a second language, all make for a severe uphill climb to simply graduate high school. Heck, somewhere around 80% of our parents haven’t graduated from high school.  Thinks about it, 80%. If you’re reading this you may take graduating from high school for granted, I mean of course you graduate from high school, duh.  All you really have to do is show up if all you want to do is graduate, right? read more

Graduation Present – FINISHED!!!

John Here:

Well it’s been a race to the finish but my daughter’s graduation present is done! I enjoyed making this for her and I hope she thinks of me when she uses it as she makes her way through college and beyond.  I think it came out pretty well and only I know where all the mistake are! (first rule of good woodworking is to cover your mistakes so that no one can easily see them!) read more