What I learned that means the most to me from this book is just to appreciate the little things that we take for granted. These kids come from a horrible neighborhood and a lot of us take for granted the fact that we're safe every night and don't have to worry about just walking down the street or whatever. We all have the chance to go to college and had good schools, for the most part, to go to. These kids don't have that, but they can go to college it's just a lot more rare and a lot harder for them to get there. For us, it's drilled into our heads from the beginning that we need to go to college.
The note that stood out to me was one from chapter 8 and it talks about how the mothers have protested the medical incinerator, some of the buildings that the children live in and how they are active in the education work now. All this relates back to how the children have asthma and how they don't live in the best conditions. The stereotypes about the mothers not taking any action or being worthless, is proved wrong by this note. Some of the mothers are stepping up, taking action and doing what they think is right for their children, which is great to read about!