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The hilarious Cristina Dunseth told me that when you are asked for spare change on the street, the best thing to say is, “Change comes from within”.
That’s just a joke! But living a real life example of that sentiment is Rashema Melson, who is the valedictorian of Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C, and living in a homeless shelter. Way to go, Rashema – what an inspiration. High school is hard enough to get through under normal circumstances. Thanks also to NPR for the cool story.