Tuesday, October 14, 2008

a big day at The Book

Today Raven Ed Reed came to the Book with a crew of volunteers and some cats from Vitamin Water. For two hours they ran NFL training drills with the students, who were surprisingly well-behaved today. It was fun to see them running, catching, passing, doing plyometrics, crunches, relays, etc. When Ed told them they were being loud and disrespectful at one point nobody said "bitch you ain't my mutha" the way they do to staff. The kids got a bag of fresh fruits and several Vitamin water samples and a Ravens poster each. Ed is a good citizen, and does a lot for our school. He donates 26 tickets every home game to the school to use as incentives for students, and gives out food to the families on Thanksgiving.

Fox 45 spent 2 hours taking film and interviewing folk. My kids might be on TV tonight at 10, and tomorrow am. I will say that Patrice Harris is much hotter in person--and in Spandex--than she is on TV.

Then, in the afternoon, we had the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington in for a presentation about his family and emancipation and 21st century slavery and human trafficking. I thought this presentation was really cool, but my sixth graders can't sit for 90 minutes and they started acting up and before they knew it the Big Cheese was all over them and he kept them for 20 minutes after school. "You embarrassed me in front of the great-great grandson of the man after whom this school is named. I will make you suffer." He suspended 6 6th graders right then and there.

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