Well, the first week of school is in the books and things went swimmingly well. I had a fairly good group of girls last year, but there were four or five who insisted upon being late, loud, and littery. Amazingly, they're all gone. Transferred or moved. I'm left with about 40 girls who are well on their ways to being model citizens. They are unfailingly polite and poised, and from what I've already seen this week, seriously dedicated to academics.
But then, after all, this school is a leadership school for young women, as it says in the very name of the school. In case you're interested, the racial composition of my riders is about 60% Black and 40% Hispanic. Here is some interesting info from the school's website:
Seniors who have attended the school beginning their freshman year are guaranteed up to $12,000 for college if they meet the requirements of the Foundation for the Education of Young Women (FEYW) Scholarship, created by Lee Posey, founder of Palm Harbor Homes. The requirements include: applying for 2 scholarships per month, applying for financial aid, taking the SAT test by October of senior year. Also, students who apply to the school after their junior year will not be taken into consideration and students who have attended the school since sophomore year are only eligible to receive 75% of the amount. The scholarship is renewable for the first 4 years of a former Rangel student’s college education.
Mr. Posey passed away last year. The students were called into the auditorium at the end of the day and informed of his death. Many were very close to him and were visibly moved as they left the building. The next day, the entire student body and staff silently walked outside the school and released red and black balloons in his honor.