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SCHOOL BUZZ: Let Your Talent Shine




Every morning when you wake up, you should always feel strong enough to hold your own, not only physically, but also mentally.


Some people are distraught or angry, and may take their feelings out on someone else. Today, we can change that.




Even with one, small positive thought, in any situation, you can change your entire day to become better.



When Kyle McClay – a Canadian businessman with a positive mindset and tough work ethic – was 17 years old, he thought of a way to not just making something better, but to also simplify and shorten the process. He then implemented an 8-month strategy for his construction company, and this was the blossoming of what was to come.


After two years in construction, McClay’s clients would always complain about the stones that he placed into their homes, which would become stained.


“The importers I was purchasing the stones from told me that they are completely sealed and any liquids will bead to the surface preventing any possible stains. ‘Just tell them to wash it with soap and water and that’s all they need to do.’ The stone guys were wrong and my clients were right for being angry,” said McClay.


While sitting on a Hawaiian beach, staring at the waves hitting the rocks, he noticed that the rocks began to sparkle. This put a glaze in his eyes.


“I came up with the idea of Stone Sparkle,” he said.


Stone Sparkle is an all-in-one spray that neutralizes, organically emulsifies, and conditions the stone with natural oil. The first everyday countertop cleaner specifically engineered for stone was created out of the necessity to help his clients.


“Its funny how in business, if you’re honest and are always trying to do the right thing, that it always leads to more business,” he said.


After reading School Buzz in the Post, McClay says he sees the potential that many students have inside. All they need is a way to express it, and he wants to help in any way possible.


“I have a strong belief in fostering student leadership. I received a lot of help and I am looking forward to return the favor,” McClay said.


“Working with schools is always a great opportunity for students to see their inner workings, as well as a culture of business,” he added.


In the end, we can only regret the opportunities that we did not take. But, having a positive mindset from the very beginning, and creating your own thoughts and dreams into reality, is what really makes dreams come true.


Kyle McClay encourages everyone to let their talent shine.



East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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