I know in the holiday season these things are given prominence but this is an excellent story for any time of the year. Same post as on the Politics forum, but maybe some folks who don't visit there would like to see this.

Boy who slept in trash bin is student of the year
Plucky preteen, 11, makes transformation from street kid to model student

DECATUR, Ala. ? Eleven-year-old D.J. Graffree didn't realize he was a child.

For much of his life, he was a cocky kid who didn't need any adults to look after him or tell him what to do. He was always in and out of schools in his small town outside of Jackson, Miss. He spent a lot of times out on the streets.

At one point, he slept in a trash bin to stay warm.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18825202/?GT1=10645