It was more than two years ago that Laura Soltau, the executive director of the Teton Literacy Center, sat with a small group of students and was moved by a student’s story that got to the heart of the “elephant in the room.”

“In one of the small groups, we talked about some of the students’ hopes and dreams,” Soltau said. “And one of the students talked about how they hoped to afford college one day but didn’t want to put the financial burden on her family.

Contact Jeannette at schools@jhnewsandguide.com.

Jeannette has worked as an editor and journalist in the Greater Yellowstone Region for more than 20 years. She finds excitement and joy in watching her children explore wild places with her husband, Brad, and their red heeler, Rosie.

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