When Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa spoke at Gainesville State College on April 3, more than 400 students came to the Oakwood campus to hear the formerly illegal migrant worker speak of his climb to the pinnacle of American success as an award-winning neurosurgeon.
The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.
For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.