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Betsy DeVos: A Giver Not a Keeper

Betsy DeVos is a hard working woman, who currently serves as the United States of America’s Eleventh Secretary of Education. She was nominated by president Donald Trump and elected into the position on February 7, 2017 by the U.S. Senate. But there is more to her story than just being the Secretary of Education for our nation. DeVos has always had a passion for education, especially education for children and fighting for their equal rights. For almost thirty years, she has been the leader and voice for many parents and children, with the dream of providing every child with a five star education, whether they be from a low income household, a tough neighborhood, or a student living in the suburbs.

Why such a passion? Betsy’s mother was a public school teacher when she was growing up. So not only was she surrounded by it, but her passion grew even more when DeVos sent her own kids to school and soon realized that not every child was getting an equal chance to obtain a solid education. So, DeVos wanted to change that. She has now worked and supported to help build new educational options for children and students in over twenty five different states, including the District of Columbia. This Bachelor Arts graduate from Calvin College in Michigan moved on to be a driving force for the education system today, as well as a strong believer and fighter for equality for students. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.

While DeVos has indeed worked her way up to get where she is today, and she does work hard for every penny that she earns, one thing that strikes me as amazing is all that she gives away from what she earns. I tend to be a person that holds on to my money and does not want to give generously, but DeVos is quite the opposite! By the means of starting her own foundation, along with her husband Dick DeVos, they have been able to give away millions of dollars to help financially support many different education programs, organizations, and sites. DeVos was able to give four hundred thousand dollars to Campbell Brown’s nonprofit organization The Partnership for Educational Justice, as well as four hundred thousand to Campbell Brown to help kick start her educational site titled 74. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation also gave two hundred thousand to a Christian school called Potter’s House based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to colleges and universities including the School of Missionary Aviation Technology, Calvin College, Rollins College, the University of Maryland, Wake Forest University, and many others.

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I think we can learn many things from this remarkable woman. Whether it be that you have to work hard to get what you want, or that maybe giving a little more out of your paycheck won’t hurt, Betsy DeVos is a stand up woman that many can learn from in a culture and age that is so self-centered.