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Guest opinion: Graduation is big payoff for mentor

Original post made on Jun 17, 2009

I have to share some terrific news. Four youths from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, whom I have been mentoring for years, most since grammar school, graduated May 22 from Sacred Heart Preparatory high school in Atherton. They are Demetrius Hill, Martell Winn, Dania Reed and Juan Sandoval.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Anne Hillman
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 17, 2009 at 4:11 pm

This is the kind of article that inspires, and Connie Heldman has inspired ME! We could use a lot of models like her and the Almanac does all of us a great service by providing them. Kudos to the paper, to Heldman, and particularly to those fine young graduates!
Warmly, Anne

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Posted by Joan
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 18, 2009 at 9:50 am

This column is immensely moving and inspiring. Ms. Heldman, you and your husband are magnificent people, and a great asset to our community. I hope many people read your story and are inspired to add their light to the sum of lights. I certainly am motivated to do so. Thank you for your work and for sharing your story with us.

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Posted by Heldman admirer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 18, 2009 at 11:37 am

What a gift the Heldmans have given, not only to the four young people they took under their wings but to the community.

I find the headline of the column a little odd, though. "Payoff"? As I read Ms. Heldman's words, she mentored these kids not for a payoff, but as an attempt to make a difference in their lives. And she did. Her story warms my heart.

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