Dear Kids,

It would be really heart-warming and nice and awesome to read about how you helped. Please send us a picture of your favorite moment with the person you helped. Or write us a letter telling us what happened- If your parent and the people in the picture give permission to use the pictures, we’ll try to post some of them on our webpage.

This project is to be done with your family. We have seen how people might look different on the outside but be nice and wonderful on the inside. The same can be true of the other way. Some people look nice on the outside but on the inside aren’t good for kids to be with. That’s why you need to let your parents figure out if someone is all right for you to go up to. Don’t keep secrets about this project from your family.

Sometimes you might be the person who is sad. Someone is there who will always help you. His name is Jesus. And he knows your name.


Melanie, Tim, & Ginger


Little children, let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.

–1 John 3:18

Author, Lori Prentice
Lori is the creator of Brain Romp—the active approach to learning that incorporates physical activity and games with learning to read. A wiggle worm herself, Lori homeschools their three kids, Melanie, Tim and Ginger, in a structured, yet look-for-an-opportunity-to-put-your-skills-to-good-use kind of way. Lori is proud of her ADHD and considers it a blessing. Without it, many projects would have been deemed too risky or would never have been started. Lori has always wanted to be an “otter” (that was her long-ago kid-speak for “author,”) and with The Best Dinner I Never Ate, she has her chance. Lori loves writing, and has an obnoxious streak (woops, can you tell I wrote my own description??).

I read with enthusiasm the article in the Fresno Bee that featured you and your family’s ministry to the homeless. As the Mayor of the city of Bakersfield, who launched Home First: Kern County’s Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in 2008, I applaud your efforts to reach out to the most vulnerable in your midst with your unique and unconventional approach.

Home First is a 10-year action plan we created through the collaborative efforts of many sectors of our community to address the challenging issue of homelessness at its very core. It is my strong belief that every individual and family deserves safe, affordable housing.

I have purchased a copy of your book, The Best Dinner I Never Ate, and it is my plan to read it to as many young students in our community during my celebrity reader events in 2014.

Wishing you all the best in your endeavors to make a difference in the Oakhurst area.

With best regards,
Harvey L. Hall, Mayor
City of Bakersfield