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Smith: Aidan, his mom and a little bird

Amy Malaise, who works at SRJC's Doyle Library, had a minor matter to take up with her son, Aidan, who's 5.

She said, "A little bird told me that you had some conflict with a friend today over a train car."

Aidan asked, with a scrunched nose, "WHAT little bird?"

"The little bird I send to school with you every day to make sure you are using your good behavior," his mom said. "So, did you and your friend come up with a solution?"

To which Aidan replied, a bit contemptuously, "Ask your bird!"

<strong>THE KENYAN SCHOOL</strong> that serves children in a slum and that thinks the world of 9-year-old Riley Orton of Kenwood has launched a crowdfunding site.

Riley became a special friend of Akili Preparatory School after he learned of its mission to teach, feed, clothe and shelter children in the Obunga slums of the port city of Kisumu.

The boy's efforts to collect money and supplies for Akili prompted its founders to name its funding organization The Riley Orton Foundation.

It welcomes visits to <a href="http://igg.me/at/rileyorton/x/5048135">igg.me/at/rileyorton/x/5048135</a>.

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