About the Book
Hope in the Urban Schools: Love Stories explores the school life of urban students. With the current political backdrop in public education, including the realities of No Child Left Behind, illegal immigration, poverty and racism, readers will meet real students craving the access their suburban counterparts so often take for granted.
From seemingly hopeless to believing in success, these true stories show the challenges students bring to public schools, and provide evidence of how schools can nurture the love and hope needed to develop bright futures.
“I am grateful to Cara Riggs for sharing her experiences and the real life stories of students she has served … In these love stories, you will discover the hope being provided to students in the urban schools.” – John Mackiel, Superintendent, Omaha Public Schools
“Finally! An honest and raw look into the power of adult-to-student relationships in providing hope for our kids in challenging situations … what a breath of fresh air! Principal Cara Riggs has provided a loving insight into the complexities of creating public school atmospheres where hope can indeed conquer hopelessness … A ‘must read’ for anyone who really cares about the education of our kids and what’s working.” – Wes Hall, Author, Teacher Trainer, National Keynote Speaker
“Her story is a triumphant example of what can happen when a principal refuses to give up on the ‘unteachable’ kids.” – Erin Gruwell, Freedom Writer’s Foundation
“At a time when our country seems to be abandoning our public schools, this book is a ‘must read.’ ” – Susie Buffett, Sherwood Foundation
Rainbows, Lollipops, & Tough Bitches Fight Cancer
Rainbows, Lollipops & Tough Bitches Fight Cancer presents sentiments associated with the cancer journey. From diagnosis, through treatment and remission, emotions range from joy, stupidity, fear, faith, humor, darkness and rebirth, all told in short stories by women.
“When I first heard the word CANCER in my own diagnosis, I felt an enormous challenge ahead of me.
This was potentially the worst enemy I could ever foresee battling. Instead, my faith and my personal mantra, Nothing Is Everything, became more real to me as I came to regard this challenge as a triumph and just another phase of my life … but not the total sum of my life.
Trust me … the amazing stories in Rainbows, Lollipops & Tough Bitches Fight Cancer put together with such thoughtfulness will lift you, amuse you and probably make you cry. Such a perfect gift for the newly diagnosed or anyone connected to the cancer journey.” – Camille Moten, singer, actress, author of Nothing Is Everything
About the Authors
Cara Riggs is a transplant to La Jolla, California. After a thirty-year career in the Omaha Public Schools, most recently as an inner-city high school principal, she took early retirement to enjoy sunny San Diego.
A year-long fight with breast cancer validated her blessings and her lifelong belief in always living life full throttle.
Tammy Nance studied undergraduate marketing at Drexel University and received her master’s in management from Lesley University. “Life isn’t always rainbows, lollipops, and unicorns. Bad things do happen to good people, but at its core, life is about what you do with the bumps in the road while you are making the journey.” She passed away during the process of finishing the book.