Teachers changed a school culture!
In my first school a group of us young teachers got together and
decided to do something to turn around the wild situation in our
inner city school. We organized a clean up of the lot across
from the school. We formed class flag football teams and
scheduled games after school. We also started a cheerleader
squad. All of this was done on our own. We all chipped
in and gave our time. At the end of the season we organized a
party for all the participants and gave out trophies.
During the flag football competition
I noticed that a lot of the students were fast. When the gym
teacher started a school track team the NYC police officer and I
helped coach that team. We won all our dual meets, the
Brooklyn championship and went on to win the NYC championship.