As we continue to run across a myriad of stories about ordinary people making extraordinary changes in their communities, we want to continue recognizing those who are becoming our true heroes. Every day we hear about people using their God-given gifts and talents to touch the lives of so many people, by paying it forward and making a positive and edifying difference in the world.

We would like to shift the spotlight on Dr. John Alston, associate professor of music at Swarthmore College who gives at-risk teenagers in Chester, Pennsylvania an opportunity to experience music education development. Chester, Pennsylvania is an impoverished city struggling against high dropout rates and appalling academic achievement. Read this extraordinary story about Dr. John Alston and the difference the Chester Children’s Chorus (CCC) is making in the world. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/making-a-difference/2011/0314/John-Alston-turns-kids-in-hoodies-into-a-choral-band-of-brothers.

How are you using your gifts and talents to make a positive difference in your community?

www.favoritethingsforacause.com

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