Since Washington Post journalist Theresa Vargas first covered Khalil's journey on June 13th, over 411 people from all over have donated to the GoFundMe set up by Hallie Atwater, Renaissance Academy's Community School Coordinator, to exceed the initial goal by almost $10,000 and still going! We could not be more proud of Kahlil for all that he has achieved and are confident that he will be able to achieve his dreams.
On June 23rd The Washington Post wrote a follow up article, "'Soar Khalil soar!' Nearly 250 strangers give a Baltimore teenager $30,000," about the widespread support that Khalil has received and his plans for the future which include attending a 4 year institution and becoming an athletic trainer of physical therapist. You can read that full article here.
In a letter to editor published by The Washington Post on June 22nd in response to the June 19th article "Coming of age in a city coming apartment," Richard P. Barth, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, spoke regarding community schools and how they support schools in a holistic way to provide for students, families, and staff.
If you would like to contribute to Khalil's future his GoFundMe page is still active. In Khalil's own words, "I would like to say thank you for all the hope and support and motivation you’ve been giving me. I love y’all for believing in me.”
photo credit: Jahi Chikwendiu, The Washington Post