“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”  – Carson McCullers

Selected Readings

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor
Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt
The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros
Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo
Mr. Popper’s Penguin Richard and Florence Atwater
Misty of Chincoteague Marguerite Henry
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan Mary Williams
The Birchbark House Louise Erdrich

Profiles in Caring


Clara Barton – Founder of the American Red Cross

Clara Barton is known as the woman who founded the American Red Cross. While working as a teacher, and later as a nurse, Clara saw firsthand the effect of having an organization that responded to the needs of the people during times of crisis, war, or during natural disasters.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Civil Rights Activist

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of our nation’s most renowned civil rights activists. His efforts to create an equal America helped lead to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He was even awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.  Sadly, his life was taken before his time, but he was honored with a national holiday in January, commemorating his life. His “I Have A Dream” speech still resonates as the most iconic moment of the civil rights movement.