Ms. Alexis Hamilton just posted an absolutely amazing and highly moving paragraph about the event. It's so beautiful I think it deserves an entire post of its own! Therefore, I've pasted it here:
A young woman's act of kindness made a huge difference for me last week. As you know, I teach in a very high poverty school. Although we live right next to the enormous wealth of Palo Alto and the Silicon Valley, I have to beg and borrow to scrape together art supplies for my classes. And these kids need art. They live with the trauma of poverty under the dark cloud of insecurity... they don't always know where they will sleep at night, they don't know when their parents might be deported, they have watched brothers and uncles and fathers hauled away in the middle of the night for crimes they may or may not have committed. They have watched and sometimes felt the pain of domestic violence and lived with the devastation of drug addition. They themselves fear being taken from their homes and put into the foster care system. Into this darkness an amazing high school student raised the money needed to donate almost $1000 in art supplies through a foundation she created. She sells her own very impressive artwork to raise the money for her foundation. As a thanks to her for the exceptional good she is doing to heal the world through art, please take a minute to see her web page... she would really appreciate it... and I would too... please help me give thanks to this wonderful person who is using her gifts to benefit children with so little.
Thank you Sohini Kar
Thank you so much for those kind words, Ms. Hamilton!