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Jathan Fink

A California native, I’ve lived on both coasts and lots of places in between. As a result, I’m pretty liberal in my viewpoints on life, have gathered a wide array of friends from vastly different backgrounds, and learned just how similar all of us really are as mankind. That’s why you’ll discover my stories tend to celebrate everyday people, their accomplishments and the amazing things they do to enrich their communities. When I’m not reporting or editing, I enjoy traveling, listening to great music, cooking up yummy eats and devouring smart books including suspense fiction and classics like my all-time favorite, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ I love teaching, mentoring and working with young people. But my real passion is philanthropy, particularly when it comes to charities that help at-risk kids, the arts, literacy and nature conservation. I currently live with my wife in New England.
Joey Price up at bat
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A Miracle for Joey Price – Residents of Hope, Arkansas Rally Round One of Their Own

Boys will be boys. From the time we can walk, most of us loved to tumble and play, and a little fall off a sofa is never a big deal. But when 3-year-old Joey Price took that spill off his father’s couch in March, he didn’t bounce back so quickly.

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Virginia Cassidy Blythe Clinton with her two sons, Billy and Roger
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A Boy from a Place Called Hope

When we first started our Small Town Tour, we reached out to residents in the community and asked them if there were any residents who deserved special recognition. Although we received many different responses, almost everyone mentioned a child born on August 19, 1946, a boy “from a place called Hope.”

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Students rehearse with Eric Whitacre
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Tight Budgets Reduce School Programs – But Should Music Education Be Cut? [POLL]

In Philadelphia, Penn., the Great Valley School Board proposed in March that athletic programs, social workers and elementary school music lessons be cut in order to close a $5.6 million financial gap and stay within budget for the 2012-2013 school year, according to Pete Kennedy on Patch.com. To date, no final decisions have been made.

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Musician Esperanza Hurley and Strings Teacher Jimmy Jones
Musician Esperanza Hurley with Music Teacher Jimmy Jones at College Hill Elementary School (Photo © Jathan Fink/Townsquare Media)
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College Hill Elementary School Students Bid A Fond Farewell to Music Education Teacher Jimmy Jones

Music educator Jimmy Jones retires after 39 years of teaching students about the rich history of music and the joy of performing classic masterpieces.

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