ABOUT DASHAWN PATRICK
CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
Charlotte's Tool Box is a short-film about how permanence and stability can change destiny, one child at a time.
"Who cares? Somebody has to care!"
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BASED ON A MILLION TRUE STORIES
CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
ABOUT CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
A SHORT FILM
Charlotte's Tool Box
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Charlotte's Tool Box
is a short film about the miracle that occurs when a
nine year-old girl is given the foundation to tap into her ability to achieve.
DASHAWN PATRICK
FICTION/NON-FICTION AUTHOR
DASHAWN PATRICK
AUTHOR
WHY I WROTE CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
I wrote Charlotte's Tool Box after speaking at conferences around the
country about adding meaning and value to the lives of children,
specifically teenagers, growing up in foster care. In every region there were
common themes.  With constantly shifting social circles, they felt nobody
really knew who they were: their dreams, goals, talents, favorite foods,
fondest memories, all the things that make a child feel "known" or
"familiar". Secondly, they wished someone would have taken time to fuel
their interests and help develop their talents.  With lives so temporary: new
schools, new homes, new rules, and the constantly feeling unfamiliar to
their surroundings, how will these children ever develop meaningful
connections to people who provide encouragement, stability, and
structure to reach their goals?  How can we expect children to thrive when
they've had no longstanding relationships with people who know them on
a close, intimate level. I decided to film a short movie that shows every
child has dream, regardless of where they come from, and given the right
ingredient of love, stability, and structure, they are capable of achieving
their dreams.
SYNOPSIS
Charlotte is a determined seven-year-old girl with a tremendous passion
for athletics. Her life is disrupted at age nine and she is placed into foster
care. Each day she walks home from school, passing local parks, standing
outside of fences, watching other girls
living out their passion for athletics.
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harlotte stands beyond the fences, mimicking every movement of the
girls on the field,
dreaming of the day she'll be part of a team.

Charlotte is now 18 and is set to age-out of foster care. She wonders how
her life may have been different had she been given the stability to achieve
her goals.