Nothing But Good Memories
I am proud to say that I went to P.S. 225 for my elementary schooling during the '90s. I am also proud to say that I am white.
As a typical white "nerd," glasses and all, I should've been one of the main targets of all of this racial nonsense that many critics have recently reported to occur at P.S. 225; however, I don't recall anything of the sort. The only time that I was ever picked on at P.S. 225 was when I fibbed to say that "Mr. Robert Quinn," the principal, was my uncle. In fact, Mr. Terrence Quinn did not have any nieces attending the school.
Coming from a turbulent home environment, P.S. 225 served as more than just an educational institution in my life: it was my second home. I found numerous caring and responsive adults who noticed that I needed a little extra care; they were always there to listen to me and to comfort me, and I never had to look very far to find that warmness. Whether I was struggling with subject matter, or needed a little extra work, I found that the teachers there took the time to meet the individual needs of not only myself, but of each and every student in their class.
The PTA at P.S. 225 was wonderful. They constantly organized bake sales and dances, along with many other cultural events that have left a lasting impression on me.
School is what you make of it. There are bullies in every school, as kids can sometimes be terribly cruel. My sister, who is bi-racial, has experienced some racial comments at P.S. 114, yet my family and I did not choose to picket in front of that school and cowardly start trouble by dropping hundreds of flyers around the school property. Instead, the teachers there took the time to talk with the "offender," and it never happened again. Perhaps the problems are not with the administration at P.S. 225, but in fact where the root of racism often occurs- in the home.
I have found the staff at both P.S. 225 and P.S. 114 to hold true to their efforts in creating a safe learning environment, where each child can come and grow to their full potential. Maybe parents should value these philosophies in the home as well.