I do not think I ever heard Claudia use the word “accomplishment” so many times in one week as she did finishing up her “Black Athena” project. All for-sale prints were sold, and she was able to deliver eighteen Barbies of color, and eight sets of spring-summer pajamas, to Cradles to Crayons at the start of her shift yesterday.


We are grateful to everyone who supported her in her project. She and Béla got to divide the dolls up to see which ones would go into toy packs, and which would go into birthday packages.


No report cards, no grades — just actual achievements. Changing her world. Knowing she can.


A little tired of having her photo taken at that point… but still Accomplished.