The Boy Who Made a Difference

The Boy Who Made a Difference


One day, a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

Son”, the man said, “Don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You CAN’T make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.

Then smiling at the man, he said,


Thank you to all our early childhood educators, for choosing a career where you can make a difference every day.

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