In the Spring I helped out with a race that benefited many of the PTAs in my part of Brooklyn. It was organized by our local New York City Council Office.
Earlier this week I was asked if I could bring the PA to an event organized by Brad Lander's Office.
Cool, thought I was just going to hand it someone and then take it home. Not so much. I actually held the speaker while 3 different New York City Council Members, and a New York State Assemblymen spoke. That was a little bit of work. I had to hold the speaker over my head so the elected could be heard.
When I was a NYC high school student it was the '70s. I remember going to classes so crowded we ran out of chairs. We sat on window sills and radiators. Back then I was involved in budget cut protest that ended when we were dispersed by police on horseback. I hope we don't have to got back to that. Not when the City just keeps spending more money on tests, test prep, test review, and grading. I don't understand why class size has to be over 30 in the 5th grade.
But I gotta tell you what was a pleasure. Holding up the speaker for the kids. Some of them spoke spontaneously about how much they love their schools. Some had scripts. This 2nd grade read his speech from a Blackberry. I don't know who I got that photo with the amp on my head.
Here is a photo of my arm
|Assemblymember Jim Brennan.|
This kid gave me a high 5 when he handed me back the mic
|Kindergartner student Shannon Hickey of PS 9.|