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    to know that we are not alone.

    When i was in 8th grade (1964 middle school) I became friends with a small black student I'll call Keith. His clothes and especially his shoes were always tattered at best, but he always had a smile for me. The other students (white) would throw pennies in front of him at lunch to see him pick them up and then deride him.

    I noticed he never ate lunch, and then i made the connection: he had no lunch and no money to buy one. From that day forward I shared my lunch with Keith every day. I was, at that early age, determined to make sure he had at least one filling and nourishing meal five days a week. I took some heat for my actions, but never caved as Keith was more important to me than public opinion.

    It is nothing more than caring about our fellow human beings.

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