Target: Yaovi Mawuli, high school senior
Goal: Commend high school student for giving new pair of shoes to bullied student
At a small high school in North Carolina, one student saw another being bullied over the shoes he was wearing and decided to help. High school senior Yaovi Mawuli took it upon himself to brighten Jared Newby’s holiday season by giving him a new pair of sneakers he had in Jared’s size. Poverty is a growing issue in this nation as the middle class is systematically dismantled and its effects are extra prevalent during the holidays. This young man’s thoughtfulness and sense of right and wrong are refreshing and deserve commendation.
Nearly 46 million people in the United States live below the poverty line and currently and more than half of those people are students. Numerous studies have shown that students from low-income households have poorer attendance and a statistically significantly higher dropout rate due to the fact that many of them have to work to help support their families. Also, less than 30 percent of students from low-income households enroll in a four-year degree program because many of them need to get jobs right out of high school to further support family. Of the group that does enroll, less than 50 percent actually graduate.
Aside from the socioeconomic implications of being a student from a low-income household, there are simple social difficulties, Jared Newby, for instance, was being bullied because of the quality of his shoes. Bullying is just another of the many hurdles that students from low-income households face. Yaovi Mawuli’s gift was a welcome recognition of this and will hopefully help to take one of those hurdles out of the way for Jared Newby. Please commend this young man for his thoughtful gift and to encourage others to help those living in poverty.
Dear Mr. Mawuli,
I am writing to you today to commend your generous and thoughtful gift to your classmate Jared Newby. Your kindness is inspiring and will hopefully encourage others to do the same as you. As I am sure you are aware, life for students from low-income families is extremely difficult for a number of reasons but one of them is most definitely bullying. Students living in poverty also face higher dropout rates, lower attendance rates, and a very low chance at receiving a degree from a four-year college.
My thanks to you comes not only for your generosity, but for removing one of these hurdles from Jared Newby’s life. Everyone faces many obstacles on the road to success in our society but hopefully now his road will be slightly easier. Thank you again for your kindness and don’t ever change.
[Your Name Here]
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