Carole Curry – #VoicesofJAF
July 19, 2016 by mitchellcohen
“Some mornings I wake up and don’t feel like functioning. Then I remember Joshua and realize that as bad as I feel, I may be his only hope.”
For the last six years Carole Curry has mentored a special needs student named Joshua. Now twelve years old, they have become so close that he calls her “grandma.” When she first became his mentor little did she know what should be signing up for. She knew about his anger issues, yet she didn’t know how many times he would transfer schools and how many times she would have to track him down. She recently began volunteering at Griffin Middle School, where he now attends.
In June, Carole Curry attended the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s National Ceremony as a winner from the Tallahassee Democrat.
Through it all, Curry has faced her own hardship. She suffers from fibromyalgia, which causes widespread pain and fatigue. Yet Joshua keeps her going. She says, “Some mornings I wake up and don’t feel like functioning. Then I remember Joshua and realize that as bad as I feel, I may be his only hope.”
Curry was also inspired by her experience at the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s National Ceremony. After returning home, she was asked to write about her experience in the Tallahassee Democrat. She said, “I came away with a new found appreciation for people who give unselfishly to their community. One of the things that really impressed me was the commitment of the youth to service to their community. In this day and age when a myriad of negative news is reported about youth, it was refreshing to see these young people giving back in such a positive way. I’m glad I had the opportunity to participate in this life-changing event.”
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