Oakridge Neighborhood


JULY 17th, 2018– We are so proud of Amran Farah for her recognition from Principal Financial Group at the recent Charity Classic. She is truly a Kid’s Champion! To celebrate the big occasion Amran wrote a piece on what the recognition meant to her. Make sure to read the passage below!

“The cost of college is unimaginable. There were many times I would look at the expenses of college and look down upon myself because I knew there was no way I could pay an amount that large. Even with that voice inside my head I knew, I would not let anything stop me from reaching my number one goal, which is to become a teacher. Now, with the help of Principal, I have some money that goes toward my college fund.

Walking through the Wakonda Club doors Saturday, June 9th, 2018 I had no idea I would be leaving that day with money to help me on my journey to college. When I first arrived, I met with Sara Terpstra, the Foundation Program Coordinator at Global Community Relations. She led me to a room where I was then greeted with Mr. Vernon and Teree Johnson. We had a great time over lunch, taking plenty of photos and discussing many stories. Later in the lunch, my family and I were approached by Sara again; she called us outside where I was awarded a laptop computer and a generous contribution to my college education funds. I have NEVER been more grateful than I was on that day. To share that moment with everyone I love and admire around me was one of the best feelings. This moment reminded me of a quote I heard by businessman and columnists Harvey Mackay “None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.” Without the help of my parents, Principal, and Vernon & Teree Johnson I would not be where I am today. Thank You.”

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