No electricity. No running water. No loving adult to care for him.
Often, those were the circumstances that greeted Fredrick Bailey when he came home from school while growing up in LaGrange, Ga.
Bailey was so destitute, he said, he resorted to taking a bucket out on the front porch and waiting on the rain to get fresh water.
But mentors from the Troup County School System chapter of Communities in Schools, helped him not only persevere to graduate on time from Callaway High School in 2006, he also became the inaugural recipient of the national dropout prevention program’s fellowship to help at-risk students succeed.
Bailey, 31, was selected among 14 applicants as the 2018-19 winner of the Bill & Jean Milliken Alumni Fellowship. He started the nine-month fellowship Aug. 27 at the CIS headquarters in Arlington, Va.
Read more at the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.