Craig Yager knew he could do little about the violence in war-torn Bosnia. But when a boy who had seen that violence up close arrived in the Boulder, Colo., school where he teaches, Mr. Yager decided to do something for a family that was able to escape.
He bought them a home.
It was the 7-year-old boy's behavior in school, walking the hallways in fear, that made the 5th-grade teacher notice him. Mr. Yager said he learned that the boy had come to Whittier Elementary School by way of a Croatian refugee camp. With help from the Ecumenical Refugee Service in Boulder, the boy and his family made it to Colorado.
"They didn't have a place to live," said Mr. Yager, 46. "I took out a personal loan and purchased a mobile home for the family--on the belief that I could find 1,000 people who would be willing to donate at least $25 [to repay the loan]."
Little by little, donations are coming in, Mr. Yager said. "It's a chance for people to make a difference."
Many of the school's 310 students have become involved, holding concerts and sales to collect money. Many have been willing to chip in their own money, Mr. Yager said.
In the month since he bought the mobile home, he has already collected $11,000.
The family is also working to raise money. That money, said Mr. Yager, will go into a fund to help another refugee family. But for now, Mr. Yager said, "it's a big enough project to help one family."
Allyson M. Tucker has joined the Washington-based National Policy Forum. Ms. Tucker, an expert on education law, is the organization's director of policy council on improving schools and education, and the policy council on reforming the legal regulatory systems. Ms. Tucker is the former manager of the Heritage Foundation's Center for Educational Law and Policy. The National Policy Forum is a nonprofit, grassroots policy organization. ... Thomas Randle has been named the superintendent of the La Marque, Tex., school district. Mr. Randle has been the assistant superintendent of secondary education for the Conroe, Tex., district since 1989. When Mr. Randle assumes his new post in July, he will be the first black superintendent of a Galveston County district. He takes the over the 4,688-student system from Paul Arnold, who is retiring. ... David Wolk, a former candidate for lieutenant governor in Vermont, has been picked as the next superintendent of the 2,500-student Rutland, Vt., school system.
--Adrienne D. Coles
Vol. 14, Issue 36