Today I attended a family celebration of the enlistment and departure of a family member leaving for Army boot camp. Among the attendees were two teachers from his former high school, Delcastle. One, I was amazed they took the personal time out to attend and two, their passion and hope for students. I was like wow how these two were so in-tuned to core issues aka heart and soul that impedes at-risk student. The internet divide was part of the conversation. During that conversation, I commented about Wilmington’s lack of free wifi for all. This is where closing the internet divide must start! Giving student’s E-readers / I-Pads where they don’t have the luxury of connecting to the internet is counter productive. Free wifi could also help poor parents who want to complete high school or online GED prep-classes or even college. Free wifi could help parents to become better engaged and “connected”. But back to the topic! I was very encourage to see young educators motivate to not “give up” despite the challenges they face. The support they showed for the young man preparing top ship-out tomorrow seems to be driven by love and high hopes for this young man whom he leaned on while in high school. They made him better and I think he made them better in knowing they make a difference in his life.