Valerie Groth was a school social worker in Chicago with a giant caseload. When one of her students was shot and killed, she knew she had to do more. She recently celebrated the opening of the Ryan Banks Academy, a tuition-free private school for underprivileged and under-served youth. She has big plans for the school’s growth.
Valerie talks to us about dreaming big, staying positive and making things happen, and also about having everything she could have asked for this year for her birthday.
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Still wrapping my head around the fact that @ryanbankschi opened on Tuesday!!!! It truly took a village and I will be forever grateful to our first class of 8 students and their families, to our amazing Head of School @ahamp17 and teaching staff Jacob and Sasha, board members and volunteers, and the donors and supporters who have come from as far away as Norway and Singapore. We have a long way to go but this is a milestone worth celebrating and one I’ll never forget. Never give up your dreams!!! 💜💜💜
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