It All Adds Up – A Short Lesson In Multiplication And Geometry


Give a few hours a week and it multiplies a hundred times over.

Who remembers geometry? fondly? Two random points on a graph; connect them, and suddenly you’ve made a line moving in a particular direction. Connect more dots, and suddenly you see a shape! OK, maybe that’s not all geometry, but you get my point.

Picture Josh, a teenager who’s been in and out of foster care, and currently lives in a group home. At 16, he’s bright, well-mannered, and more mature than most of his peers.

Picture Ed, a volunteer through our Life Support program – a mentor who has known Josh for 3 years now; who cares about Josh’s desire to attend college; who is concerned about Josh failing 10th grade Geometry.

Picture Sarah, a stay-at-home mom with two young children – a young mother who decides to volunteer as a tutor for our College Fellows program; who gives her time each week to a kid called Josh.

Picture Ms. Field, a high school math teacher who teaches 5 classes a day; who records the failures and successes of assignments and tests; who gets a phone call from a concerned tutor called Sarah.

Plotting a square on a graphFour seemingly random people, connected to form direction and shape for one boy in foster care who dreams of college. Read the full story here…

During this season of school celebrations, graduations, and growth, we’d like to thank all those who have helped kids in foster care along their journey – whether in small ways or large commitments, they all add up to be Fostering Great Ideas.

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