‘Tis the season of giving, so why not give the gift of education?
Education is a prized possession that can be the key to success and for some in Fresno County, the key out of poverty or a low-income life.
Children who grow up in poverty often have a hard time succeeding due to all the other factors that come with economic instability. Education is a gift and in order to help children and especially those dealing with poverty, the best thing to do is give back.
By giving back, I mean volunteering at a school or as a mentor or volunteering as for programs like Reading and Beyond. Programs like Reading and Beyond help students with schoolwork and also provide mentors.
In order for a child to prioritize education, there needs to be people around them who value education. An encounter with a child from an unstable home life could create a long-lasting impact on their lives, and I hope, one that will benefit them in the long run.
Giving the gift of education means a possible end of poverty and getting a child to new academic heights.
Mirissa Diaz, Merced