Inclusion Works. Mikelle and Jerome’s Lasting Friendship

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A Case for Inclusion

Mikelle Learned and Jerome Stewart were introduced to each other by a thoughtful teacher that had a hunch these two might be friends.

Jerome played football, ran track and was a well-liked senior at East High School. He, like Mikelle, was a recent transfer student from another high school.

When they met, something clicked. It was like they had known each other for lifetimes–old souls reunited, or so it felt.

What no one can deny is the magic of their enduring and endearing friendship. Anyone who has seen these two laugh at their inside jokes, hold each other accountable for being more responsible, more goal driven or just more relaxed, finds themselves admiring these two and wishing they had a friendship like theirs.

When the world no longer makes sense to me, when people do horrible things to each other, I find solace in hanging out in the presence of a loving friendship that has lasted over eight years now.

Clearly, inclusion works.

Another example of The Brilliance of Community in Action.

About Katherine Carol

Special needs & community expert, speaker, co-author of The Tango of Publishing and Shining Beautiful, with Mikelle Learned, book coach, mom, and community builder.

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