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!"
Ola Mae
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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Why I wrote Charlotte's Tool Box:
Charlotte's Tool Box
is a film about hope, love and providing children a
foundation to tap into their ability to achieve.  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 was some common themes among
teenagers who'd grown up in foster care.  First, they felt they'd moved
around so frequently that 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.

Logline:
Charlotte's Tool Box
is a film about giving a girl a foundation to tap into
her innate ability to thrive. 18-year-old Charlotte ages out of foster care
and reflects on the challenges she overcame to graduate from high school,
wondering if she is equipped for life.

Synopsis of Charlotte's Tool Box:
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 play sports. She mimics their moves,
dreaming of the day she'll be part of a team. Charlotte is now 18 and is set
to age-out of foster care. Occasionally, she walks by parks, still standing
outside of fences, mimicking the moves of the girls playing sports. She
wonders how her life may have been different had she been given the
stability to achieve her goals.
DASHAWN PATRICK
FICTION/NON-FICTION AUTHOR