I knit all year round to create accessories to sell at my yearly holiday fundraiser. And as much as I love knitting, I equally love tallying my profits and writing a check to a deserving cause in my community.

This year, I’m happy to announce that my check will be going to Peninsula Bridge, an organization that promotes academic and personal success for motivated middle school students from under-resourced communities in the San Francisco peninsula area. I’d heard of Peninsula Bridge for years, but only really understood its impact this past summer through the eyes of my son. He was a teaching assistant for their five-week summer school, which gives the middle school students an academic boost when they return to school in the Fall. Not only do these kids hone their math and english skills, they also get to hang out with high school teaching assistants, like my son, who serve as role models. For many of these middle-school students, they will be the first in their family to attend college, if they go at all. They are inspired by the teaching assistants, who talk about their plans for college, make it cool to learn, and have fun all day long.

The check I write will be modest, but hopefully it will help this great program to continue growing and making a difference.

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