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Our Stories

A look at some of the lives touched by our work.

Kallai’s Story

Kallai’s Story

Six-year-old Kallai (pronounced KuhLAY) is a serious little boy with a sweet smile and a soft spot for hugs. He’s also a little boy that made tremendous gains during his first year in school.

Gains that wouldn’t have been possible without his time at Operation Shoestring, according to his tea…

Dayun’s Story

Dayun’s Story

Dayun, in the 4th grade, is the kind of kid some people might call a troublemaker. He’s quick to anger, and often the source of emotional outbursts and disruptions to group activities. In the words of his teacher here at Shoestring, Star Pool, “He’s the kind of kid you worry about slipp…

Amber’s Story

Amber’s Story

Amber Jones, 23, is not only an Operation Shoestring volunteer, she’s also a proud alumnus of our programs herself. She was in our elementary and some of our middle school afterschool and summer programs growing up, and says that she looks back at those years with appreciation for how they contrib…