Her sister Kay always says Kathy's matching is "a God thing." Often the match has nothing to do with Kathy's abilities or choices. Recently, for example, Kathy matched a pair who had the same health issues, although she did not know until after the match. Read below about a special match.
It was a typical day for me in late August – running around thinking about all the paperwork I have sitting on my desk.
I had returned to the INTEGRIS charter school, Stanley Hupfeld Academy, to take a few more photos of students that I had missed. Again, running around like a crazy woman.
I entered a kindergarten classroom, and the cutest little red-haired girl came up to me to give me a big hug. I didn’t think a lot about it . . . until later.
Later that day while in my office, I finally connected with a new mentor from INTEGRIS. We had literally been playing phone tag all week. After explaining our mentoring program, she was ready to sign up! What a great thing for one of our students – and for me! Of course, we discussed all the details of the program, and then I asked the mentor one final question – “Is there any specific type of student that you’d like to work with?”
Her answer took me quite by surprise – “Do you have any red-haired children?”
I was quite taken aback – seeing as though the majority of our student population is African-American, we don’t have many red-headed students.
The reason for her request was that she encountered some obstacles while in school as a red-head and wanted to help someone else.
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