A Mother’s Journey [Part 26]: The kernels of wisdom

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Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.

Giselle Rivera-Flores

Giselle Rivera-Flores

Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and global human rights icon who died in 2013, famously claimed that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

With our Maker Monday classes at Worcester Public Library the last few weeks, I could see this happening firsthand.

Not only have we engaged our students and participants with stimulating lesson plans and interactive maker classes, but we are forming relationships and bonds with children who do not always have steady influences from positive role models.

We want our students to grow and have a well-balanced life, and while our core mission is to educate and open the doors of opportunity, we are also on a mission to create a space for peer interaction.

Education is a powerful tool, for sure, but so is the act of compassion.


Catch up with Giselle’s most recent chapter, The full head of steam, or scroll down to start from earlier in her journey from concerned mother to fledgling entrepreneur



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