The next car I buy will be the last car I buy. In fact, I predict my boys will NEVER buy a car. Harry has grandpa's Honda Civic which Graeme will drive once Harry heads to college in some city where having a car will be a liability, not an asset. He'll then live and work in a city, at least for a short time. That's not the only thing our kids will never experience.
It's fun to think about the future. The difference between our imaginings back when we were kids is that they seemed like science fiction dreams. Today, there isn't anything kids think about that won't come to fruition in their lifetimes.
Still, it feels as if the prospects of those we in Rotary try to help have never been more dire. Life is not fair. We need to do everything we can to allow every single child to feel in their soul they can do anything they want to do and be anyone they want to be in this incredible future that has already arrived.
The first annual College Possibilities Night at The College of New Jersey, spearheaded by the incredible Bill Cleave, was one of many efforts in that direction. I had no idea the free options available at Mercer County Community College to those who need it. Financial aid. Student loans. Volunteer tuition credits.Though much of the evening targeted aid and scholarships, the sessions regarding the institutions providing quality educations to those who may not have thought about it was eye-opening.
Education is the path to the future, whether it be in an art, a craft, or a science. We are futunate to live in a community, a region, a state where there are myriad quality options for public and private schooling. Ensuring everyone knows what those options are is a small step in leading today's children into the scary, amazing future.
Yours in Rotary,