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MARIADUBOVA / DREAMSTIME.COM For more information, visit: n www.healthleadsusa.org n www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org n www.nokidhungry.org program will have broad reach. "This is the first time this has been done in the US," says Schoen. "It's really exciting to be starting a dialogue across the nation." In 2012 US4Kids launched Rising Stars, a program to provide backpacks for homeless children entering kindergarten. The backpacks filled with school supplies, snacks, story books, and coloring books were given to 150 students in the Boston Public Schools. Readers who would like to support the work of US4Kids can donate at www.us4kids.org or contact them about opportunities to provide needed items. Readers who want direct involvement can also volunteer through US4Kids partners. Horizons for Homeless Children offers the opportunity to be a PAL, Playroom Activity Leader, in the classrooms they operate in Greater Boston. Schoen and Whalen are working hard to ease the learning challenges as well as the emotional and physical hurdles that come with short- and long-term homelessness. US4Kids is as having tremendous impact. Schoen and Whalen are quick to point out that 0-6-year-olds are bright and curious and want to do well, so this is an ideal age to set kids up for success. "You can't change it if you don't know about it," Schoen says, "and as a society we help ourselves when we help our youngest children." 143 s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e young as the children they serve, yet its founders have created a platform for growth that is

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