My son, age 6, and I live in a what is considered a rough neighborhood. I don't know I think Americans are spoiled. We don't have much but have each other, plenty of love , our garden and each other. I work in his school so two years ago we began the Legacy Garden, We donated plants that had been in our family for 30 or more years.We wanted the students to take pride in their school and community. The Gardner is a small success. This year we began a nonviolence initiative. Three young people were shot in the neighborhood over summer and there are gangs trying to lure the kids into drugs and violence. My son and I thought about moving and decided to stay and try an affect some sort of positive change. The classes have been signing a nonviolence pledge and when that is complete the whole school will sign one. We are doing this to coincide with Gandhi's Birthday. We know we have a a long and arduous journey to have this initiative actually begin to take effect . I am the only teacher that lives in the neighborhood so the students know I have a stake in the community. The know me as the man who leads science and life lessons by the river, the man who can be seen walking to the store or library. We don't expect to change the culture of the community or to change 400 students , we just hope to help maybe one student believe them selves .
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Peace go with you.