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Marty Kaminsky Gives Kids a Golden Opportunity

Program thrives despite education cuts

At his first elementary school teaching position, Marty Kaminsky was paid $35 and seven yogurt cups a week, and he couldn't have been happier. "It's never been about the money for me," he says. "All I've ever wanted to do was change the world one child at a time."

Nearly 40 years and hundreds of students later, Kaminsky, 60, still gets his satisfaction from helping kids succeed and find their own unique talents and voices. So, as the rest of the country waits to see how federal and state budget cuts to education are going to affect already struggling school systems, it's no surprise that Kaminsky, now retired, has created a nonprofit program to help shore up the shortfall in his hometown of Ithaca, N.Y.

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