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Student spotlight

School choice scholarship was her ticket out of extreme poverty

At Seven Rivers Christian School in Lecanto, there’s a list of core values for students. Among them: Do hard things. Maloni Lewis knows it. She’s lived it. With two disabled parents and three older brothers in and out of jail, Maloni grew up in extreme poverty. Their community in nearby Crystal River, with its run-down homes and overgrown yards, was full of hopeless people. Devastated by the path her sons had taken, mom Renée had an unyielding determination to chart a different course for Maloni. A tall, broad-shouldered woman, she made a school-choice scholarship the ticket to a better life. “We went through a...