Teachers take in student after family’s death, offering a bright new future
In infancy, Richard’s grandparents took him from his parents, both addicts, and raised him as their own. When they died while Richard was still young, depression became yet another battle he had to fight. A host of educators in Riverside Unified School District banded together to help out. Julie and Paul McIntyre, educators in the district, offered support. He became one of the school’s top pianists, pouring his heart into music. Another pair of educators, Brian and Jean Marie Harris, opened their home to Richard, bringing him in to the family fold. The bond is so strong, Richard now refers to them as his mother and father. He credits their love and care with a newfound peace that pulled him out of his depression, onto a college track, and into a bright future of endless possibility.