Op-Ed: For homeless kids, caring teachers offer hope

The truth was revealed when Donald’s teacher, Samuel Klein, decided to follow him. Klein was one of the very best teachers at Frederick Douglas High School, a challenged school in a challenged urban neighborhood, Takepart.com reports. Mr. Klein was popular with his students not just because they learned in his class, but, more importantly, because they knew he cared. For weeks, Mr. Klein noticed that Donald was always at the school. For instance, Donald never missed band practice even though he wasn’t in the band. He was always at the girls’ basketball practice. And he even attended the neighborhood community meetings that took place in the school, despite the fact that he was the youngest person at those meetings by about 20 years. It was at the end of one of those community meetings when Mr. Klein decided to follow Donald, one of his favorite students, who came from an abusive and troubled home. Totally undetected, Mr. Klein followed Donald to his locker, where Donald gathered his books and his backpack before walking down the hall…

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