Dawn Loggins grew up in a home with no electricity or running water. Her home life was chaotic.
Before the start of her senior year at Burns High School, where she also works as a janitor, she was abandoned by her parents and found herself homeless.
Rather than turning her over to the Department of Social Service, school staff and the community of Lawndale, North Carolina decided to become Dawn’s family. They’ve supported her with housing and have helped her to complete her secondary school education.
Dawn is an incredibly hard worker and has maintained her grades despite the emotional and financial hardship she’s endured.
Dawn is not angry with her parents – she just knows that she wants to make different decisions in her life. And this she has done already – her grades are excellent and she’s even been accepted by Harvard.
The Lawndale community are so proud of Dawn’s achievements, they have agreed to support her through her Harvard studies.
Dawn’s story is so heartwarming; it reminds us all that we really can make a difference to the lives of others. Community really can work! As the cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once wrote: “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.’
You can watch Dawn’s inspirational story here: From Homeless to Harvard