Cleburne County Elementary was one of fifty schools in the state to receive an unexpected $20,000 last week, money allotted by the Alabama Legislature to recognize schools showing the most improvement in third-grade reading results.

Around 2000, a Boston terrier became a member of my daughter’s family quite by accident. One day, while living in Georgia, they arrived at their church and found a Boston hunkered against a glass door, cold and hungry. They brought her home, tried to find her owners to no avail, and then fel…