Since becoming a parent, I have thought often of Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" — a story about sacrifice and unconditional love. The tree gives first its apples, then its branches, then its trunk, until finally nothing remains but a weary stump. Often that metaphor can feel like the lived reality of many parents. But this week, I'm thinking about it in terms of Baltimore's principals, teachers and staff who, year after year, are asked to give everything they have, first with one arm tied behind their backs, then both, then blindfolded. Yet they are still expected to give their students everything young people deserve, everything they need to excel in life. For our students, that doesn't just mean art and music; unfortunately that means a wide array of informed care and interventions to manage and navigate daily traumas or the lingering effects of life-altering challenges, like lead poisoning or homelessness.