Hal Colston, of Essex Junction, is best known
as the founder of Good News Garage, the outfit that fixes up donated cars for
low-income Vermonters. In 2004 he left
Good News Garage. Now
he’s got another antipoverty strategy called NeighborKeepers. It operates on the theory that one of the
major things holding poor people back is a lack of well-connected friends. He spoke with VPR’s Jane Linholm about the project.
A law passed last spring authorizes school districts to provide
pre-kindergarten education to some three and four year olds. Now
officials are working out the details. Also, the anti-poverty work of Hal Colston and singer Harry Belafonte delivers a message about working for social justice.