Boy who slept in trash bin is student of the year

Discussion in 'News that makes you smile!' started by ember, May 24, 2007.

  1. ember

    ember ~*~ Tree hugging dirt worshipper ~*~

    Messages:
    1,342
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18825202/?GT1=9951

    *from article:

    DECATUR, Ala. — Eleven-year-old D.J. Graffree didn't realize he was a child.
    For much of his life, he was a cocky kid who didn't need any adults to look after him or tell him what to do. He was always in and out of schools in his small town outside of Jackson, Miss. He spent a lot of times out on the streets.
    At one point, he slept in a trash bin to stay warm.

    Yet two weeks ago, D.J. was named Decatur City Schools' Elementary Student of the Year.
    D.J.'s face was bewildered when the honor was announced at the school system's annual breakfast May 10. His cousin and guardian Patti Lewis' face was first joyful, then tearful.

    *End snip- more at link above

    I am so happy that the schools gave him this honor! This is exactly what it takes to keep him driving on. Kudos!
     
  2. Loading...


  3. SewingDeb

    SewingDeb "Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane."

    Messages:
    8,957
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I love this story. He has worked hard to turn himself around. Thank God for the kind cousin who took him in even though he was a handful at first.

    Kudos to D.J. and his cousin and her husband!
     
  4. Glow

    Glow Active Member

    Messages:
    2,551
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    thanks ember, this is a great true life story. Sadly,I dont think it will get many comments or much real life attention. Most people prefer to use their past as an answer for why they can't rise to the occasion later, character wise. This kid is making a clear statement by his actions. His statement is that our past doesn't rule our future, we do. Most people are not comfortable taking that much responsibility in life.

    Good for him though! And I agree with sewingdeb on kudos for his cousin for lending a hand of support!
     
  5. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

    Messages:
    75,262
    Likes Received:
    308
    Trophy Points:
    83
    What an honor. Congrats DJ!

     
  6. Pepper

    Pepper Former Member

    Messages:
    4,778
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I love good news stories! This is very inspirational. Congrats D.J.!
     
  7. JanetElaine

    JanetElaine Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,573
    Likes Received:
    891
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Stuff like this brings tears to my eyes..... Congrats to DJ! His cousin sounds like a wonderful lady!
     
  8. Ntegrity

    Ntegrity Former Member

    Messages:
    4,139
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    What a precious story. :)
     
  9. rayray

    rayray Former Member

    Messages:
    751
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    aww this little boy just brought tears of joy to my eyes. God bless him and his wonderful cousin for having the courage and love in her heart to take this young man in.
     
  10. Kymistry35

    Kymistry35 It's never to late to be who you could have been

    Messages:
    3,640
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    This story made me cry. I am so happy for this young man, I hope he continues down the right path.
     
  11. OneLostGrl

    OneLostGrl I'm going against the grain- I'm going sane

    Messages:
    14,316
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Aww Good for him!! He should be so very proud of himself! G0d bless his Cousin for giving him this chance!
     
  12. sleuthin4fun

    sleuthin4fun Member

    Messages:
    816
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    WOW!!!! D.J.'s Cousin probably never thought that she would literally change this little boys life. Simply amazing.
     
  13. nanandjim

    nanandjim Former Member

    Messages:
    16,107
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    This article should be sent to Oprah. She is the type of person who would honor the cousin for taking this boy and his brother to raise. She also would honor this young man. He needs someone to step forward and give him a scholarship!!
     
  14. sleuthin4fun

    sleuthin4fun Member

    Messages:
    816
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16

    I agree!!!!
     
  15. lisag

    lisag Former Member

    Messages:
    4,218
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Great Story !!
     
  16. Tranaice

    Tranaice New Member

    Messages:
    1,740
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Way to go DJ and kudos to his sweet cousin who took him in. :)
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice