A safe haven for students

Article posted on April 20, 2017

I spent the day in Philadelphia visiting with the folks at Mastery Shoemaker Charter School.  This school building, when operated as a traditional government school, had the second worst crime record of any junior high school in America.  The charter school has turned that record and reputation around and developed a behavioral and academically successful program.  And they did this with the same students, as required by the school district.  The Youth Mentoring Program is a part of their success.  This fitness-based program helps students develop the critical skills and character strengths necessary for future success.  I was impressed with the school administration’s sincere effort to make things better, and obviously, their ability to turn one of the most violent schools in America into a safe haven for students.

-John

 

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