As Thanksgiving looms, charity work for the poor was celebrated. In Austin Tex, middle class matrons form Giving Circles, philanthropies where projects are controled by donors. Each lady gives $1,000 until there are 100 in the circle. The resulting $100,000 in Kelly Cobiella's example for the Giving Back series was spent on job training for teenage single mothers.
In high schools in Washington State, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has set up a dropout prevention program that encourages closer ties between teacher and student. In ABC's Silent Epidemic series, Pierre Thomas detailed the problems poor students face that prevent feasible schooling: too much responsibility at home, too little to eat, depression.
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