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The Nickel and the Nail

The Story Behind the Nickel and the Nail

The story goes that a young man, years ago in the deep South, walking down a long, unpaved, dusty road to visit his lady friend, was all too aware that he had but a nickel in his pocket and that his self-esteem would be questioned if he were unable to indicate that he was a man of means. Noticing two gnarled horseshoe nails lying by the side of the road, he picked them up and put them in his pocket. As he jingled these ferrous objects together with his meager fortune, he walked a little bit straighter and with a little more pride and dignity.

Similarly, the Extended Opportunity Program endeavors to enhance self-esteem, foster pride and dignity, and motivate those whom the program serves, enabling them to more effectively define and pursue career goals. It is important that they too have “something to jingle”.

Further, the nails are twisted into a puzzle, suggesting that the complete enigma has still yet to be unraveled for helping those who, through societal circumstances, have been limited in successfully meeting their educational challenge.

Nickel and Nail
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Shasta College EOPS/CARE

Published on Oct 11, 2013



In honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech, Evan Peters and the Wicked Wahines performs "The Nickel and the Nail" an original, written by Evan Peters for the Shasta College EOPS program.

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