A Smile Among Frowns, Scowls, and Tears
In a small community in Kansas, a number of successful alumni from a local college have decided to give back to their town, but want no recognition for it. They have partnered with the local school district and gather a list of needs from teachers, students, and the school itself. They distribute the list to their members. The members then contribute toward the needs that they feel strongly about.
Over the past eight months, they estimate that they have donated approximately $65,000 towards, teaching aids for teachers, software for the school district, sports shoes for kids who want to try out for sports, clothing, and many other supplies for the students and teachers. They have also purchased cameras for the journalism classes, and other secretive projects that benefit individual students.
Their goal is not for recognition, but to afford every child the opportunity to learn, removing as many roadblocks as possible.
In another part of the country, Goldwind America, a wind turbine manufacturer is offering free training programs for any coal worker in need of a job. As the demand for coal drops, many workers are facing unemployment. Goldwind has promised to build roughly 850 turbines in Carbon County, Wyoming and will need a team of 200 workers to maintain them.
The company sees the coal miners as an untapped work force that already has an understanding of mechanical engineering, as well as hard labor. It is hopeful to utilize these workers to maintain the new turbines and provide jobs for those displaced from the closing mines.
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