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By providing a mixture of the various supports required for any student to be successful, we build tenacity in youngsters who easily could give up or succumb to the streets.

It is often necessary for us to walk the extra mile. That sometimes means addressing deep-rooted emotional difficulties or providing scholarships for student athletes who cannot access college any other way. It means offering internships at our community office for scholars at college who must work during the summer to pay their bills.

We must work every angle to get our children to college.

Donald L. Hense is founder and chairman of Friendship Public Charter School.