Interrupting our regularly scheduled blogging

14 Apr

I don’t regularly write about my teaching on this blog, but I do teach writing — and I also direct a program that gives free college courses to students who might not otherwise have access to higher education — folks living on low incomes.

Five years ago, I walked into the Bridge Program classroom for the first time — and I haven’t looked at education, access to knowledge, or even the idea of community in the same way since. Students have told me that Bridge is transformative, amazing. It’s like a family, an anchor, a bridge to a different life. From my perspective as an instructor and as someone working behind the scenes, the experience of Bridge is also, somehow, ineffable.

It’s difficult to describe just how revolutionary access to education can be for students. Some Bridge students are homeless. Some are veterans. Some are immigrants. Many are parents. All are fiercely committed to the hard work of reading, writing, and questioning. After Bridge, our students have gone on to complete degrees, start businesses, and become community leaders. In short, Bridge students are changing the world.

I’m telling you this because we’re doing our annual fundraiser for the Bridge Program this week. If you’d like to support the program with a small donation or encouraging word, please visit my fundraising page or become a friend of Bridge on Facebook.

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