Recently the Seamons had the opportunity to volunteer in a project organized to assist the homeless, addicted and destitute in an inner city. Not West LA or the Bronx, but a relatively small, mid-western city, conservative in nature and quite family-oriented. It didn’t take long for them to find their particular niche: the children. Given their background and experience they soon assembled a small group of children who were identified as being “at risk” to advance to the next school grade. This came as a result of the challenges inherent within their home lives.
After a little research, parent interviews and some student assessments, it was concluded that these children all possessed adequate knowledge and ability to advance and compete with their more fortunate peers. What they lacked was parental support. Beyond mere rhetoric and the token word of encouragement, these kids all needed someone to encourage and stimulate them to complete their homework on a daily basis. That is what was provided. It was amazing how quickly the children caught up to the rest of their classmates.