If you had a million dollars to spare, what would you do with it? Like Marty Burbank, you might consider spending it on a new boat at first. A lot of people would probably invest it in property or stocks, or finish paying off their home and set aside a little nest egg for their retirement. But something just didn’t sit right with Burbank…and after a lot of discussion with his wife, had a visit with a class of elementary school children at Rio Vista Elementary School. There were 26 children in all, and he had a very inspiring promise to make to each of them…
Burbank has pledged to send the kids to college. 2 years at a community college, and 2 years at California State University (or the equivalent elsewhere). He estimates that the endeavor will cost roughly one million dollars, and will be a large hit to their income, but its the best shot that many of these kids will get to further their education.
They say give until it hurts a little, and this hurts. But we feel it’s the best investment we could make.”
He had met the student’s teacher, Tessa Ashton, at his church and learned that all of the kids in her classroom spoke only Spanish at home and were having difficulty making the switch to English during school hours. He has supported the school for nearly four years, but this move is definitely the biggest.
The catch? Each year, the children must write an essay (or draw a picture until they are able to write!) about why they want to go to college and how it will help to change their futures. Visualizing their success will help them to realize that their dreams are reachable!