A Rhode Island elementary school lent Matt Lauer a helping hand during his bike ride to raise money for children living in poverty. Hope Valley Elementary School Principal Joe Gencarelli reached out to his school’s community to raise money for the program, even though his own school needed funds for a new playground, among other things. His lesson in generosity brought Lauer back to visit and deliver the good news that Home Depot would fund a new playground, and to tell Mr. G’s story. The beloved principal started his career early, when he set out to be the first in his family to graduate from college and make a difference in the lives of children. Diagnosed with dyslexia, young Joe knew what it was like to struggle in school and what a difference having someone who supports a young person can make.
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