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From the Director of the Social Innovation Fund at the Corporation for National and Community Service-
It's budget season. (Yay!)
It's budget season. (Groan)
That is pretty much how any ‘budget- watcher’ feels during this time of year. It is filled with long nights, hopeful wishes, and grave disappointments. And the feeling that, at any moment, what you thought would happen- won’t. There is a lot of uncertainty.
The Institute for Child Success has been at the forward edge of advocating for a statewide definition, description, and assessment of school readiness. All three of these elements were included in the ICS-drafted sample legislation that became the basis for the School Readiness legislations to reform and reauthorize South Carolina First Steps.
Are you or someone you know doing great things? Do you want to tell everyone about it? We do! The Jefferson Awards for Public Service wants to shine a spotlight on communities across South Carolina and celebrate the amazing things that young people are doing.
As we look forward to the start of a new year, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the great American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol opens with its depiction of selfish old Scrooge, hunched over against the bitterness of a London winter—and against the warmth of community, friends, and family. He is alone, utterly alone, utterly mean, utterly heartless:
But what did Scrooge care? It was the very thing he liked. To edge his way along the crowded paths of life, warning all human sympathy to keep its distance.