Donate to Harper High School
Some of you might remember the This American Life episodes focused on Harper High School in Chicago. If you don’t, you can listen to part one here and part two here.
Last year alone, 29 current and former students of Harper High were shot, and eight died. The teachers and administrators there are fighting enormous odds to try to get these kids through the day, through the week, through the semester; to try to get some of them to graduate, some of them to move away from gangs and towards college. It’s an uphill battle, and it’s made even more difficult by a lack of resources.
I know this not just because of This American Life, but also because my cousin teaches Spanish at the school. I’ve heard her stories, heard how she has largely given up on the idea of teaching most of her students any of the subject matter itself. How, rather than teach them Spanish, she’s struggling just to teach them the value of showing up to class, being respectful, being present, attempting some organizational skills (can you keep this handout in a folder and not lose it?). How some weeks feel like a lost cause. How some days feel like a triumph.
My cousin is currently pregnant with her first child. So is one of her 14-year-old students. They made a deal: they’re both allowed to eat in class.
This American Life set up a donation page after listeners asked how they could help. I know most of us don’t have that much money, and that we’re constantly giving a few bucks here to friends’ Kickstarters, a few bucks there to wedding gifts or birthday presents. But if you have ANYTHING to spare, think about sending some money to Harper High School. They’re only taking donations for 26 more days!
Listen to the story and give what you can. There are kids out there for whom this could make the difference between ending up in a hospital or ending up with a degree.