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July 22: The American Dream, Read Today and an inspiring boy

By Nadine Wimmer | Posted - Jul. 22, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.



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OverviewIn this Sunday Edition: reaching for the American Dream. We'll take a closer look at why it is getting harder for people at the bottom to climb the economic ladder. Plus, see how a grassroots effort has made an impressive difference in the lives of thousands of Utah children. And people call Dakota Nash the lightning strikes kid because of all the tragedy that keeps striking but his courage and heart will no doubt inspire you.

Segment 1

During every presidential election there is a lot of talk about the American Dream — that set of ideals and freedoms which allow upward social and economic mobility. The dream is becoming harder for people born at the bottom to attain. Michael De Groote has a preview of a special report you'll find today in the Deseret News. We also discussed the opportunity gap with Karen Crompton, CEO of Voices For Utah Children and learned about their electoral advocacy campaign.

Segment 2

A year ago, KSL and our partners launched a grassroots effort to help elementary students read. We paired struggling students with volunteer tutors. The results are transforming young lives and even communities. Deanie Wimmer discussed Read Today's success with the Sondra Jolovich Motes, Principal of Dee Elementary in Ogden and Gloria Skanchy with AmeriCorps.

Segment 3

Dakota Nash might be the ultimate comeback kid. He has endured challenges that would seem overwhelming if stretched over a lifetime.

Even so, he has faced every difficult twist of fate in his young life with great courage, hope and heart. News Specialist Sam Penrod shares our story of the week.

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