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Wordsmith Jr, LLC has a goal of helping young people reach their full potential through education. Collaboration with other groups, families, agencies and schools is a wonderful avenue to help us achieve this goal. Recently we supported a fabulous school, Ile Omode, in East Oakland by giving a donation to their scholarship drive. Too often we find ourselves competing with other groups that have similar goals. Together we can do far more than we can individually. This applies to organizations as well as individuals. Modeling working together and philanthropy for our children is just one of the ways our children learn the power of the collective. We need to work together collaboratively as often as we can. Two African proverbs come to mind in this lesson of community, collaboration and sharing. One of these proverbs is heard all of the time but unfortunately not taken seriously enough for people to truly collaborate and share resources, It takes a village to raise a child. The other proverb is relevant as our children need us to encourage them to go as far as they can in the pursuit of learning and achievement, If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go alone.