Last year I visited School 113 twice–once with my friend Kasey. At this special facility for kids with physical disabilites I met an unforgettable young lady by the name of “Gena.” Her energy for life – her heart for writing poetry – her hope to learn English and travel to America touched my heart. We connected. And I promised her that if I were able to return to Samara this year, I would attend her “Last Bell” ceremony to honor graduates.
So yesterday I kept my promise. Unexpectedly, I was given the opportunity saying a few words of congratulation to the graduates during the program. I encouraged them to continue perservering and remined them that the strength of character that allowed them to get this far, would also carry them on to realize their dreams.
It’s so much fun to be able to touch young lives. To be somewhere at the right time and place, and make a difference.