Last week I visited our two New York schools in the South Bronx (950 students in grades K-12 in Hunt’s Point) and Brooklyn (400 students in grades K-5 in Brownsville). As much as I love all the kids at all our schools, the K-6 kids are extra special to me simply because I have no prior experience in observing how this particular group interfaces with Hyde’s principles and approach to education. I often tell people, “If you’re ever having a bad day, hang out with these kids for a while.”
Sometimes I meet with various groups of students, teachers, and administrators, but I always find time to just wander around taking pictures. When I walk into a classroom, sometimes I get this:
And sometimes, I get this:
But any place I go, I always get a lot of this:
The sense of pride in school and community is both palpable and omnipresent. For example, here’ s a wall mural directly across the street from our new high school building in Hunt’s Point.
Words to the wise.
Onward, Malcolm Gauld