By Taylor Riley
Editor’s note: in her previous article, Taylor introduced readers to the Common Good program; here, we meet a Common Good family.
“Rock, paper, scissors, shoot!”
Waiting for the kids to file from a basement classroom of Common Good, I sit at a table and observe.
Most of the kids are waiting for their parents and guardians to pick them up, but most of them aren’t quite ready to go home.
“Say ‘goodbye’ to Henry. You’ll see him tomorrow,” a tired-sounding mother says to her elementary-aged son as she practically drags him to the door.
Common Good, a non-profit afterschool program founded by John and Laura Gallaher on the northside, proves to be a place where kids want to be day after day.
And who can blame them? Common Good is an equal opportunity place to go for kids—black, white, Latino, large, small. Nobody, the mentors or the other children, really seems to care about the physical attributes.