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Re: Exploring the 6th floor at P.S. 217


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Posted by Matty from Flatbush on Tuesday, September 26th 2017:

In Reply to: Re: Exploring the 6th floor at P.S. 217 posted by Flatbush Kid on Sunday, September 24th 2017:

I graduated 6th grade from 217 in 1960. Don't think I ever knew about a sixth floor. For the first half of sixth grade, our teacher was Mrs. Prentky. She was a strict disciplinarian. To sixth graders that meant she was really mean. Then she went on a sabbatical. For the second half of the year we had a very very pretty young teacher named Mrs. (Brita) Okun who lived at 936 Newkirk Ave. Of course, we followed her home. After that we never heard anything more about her except in our fantasies. Mr. Friedman was the only male teacher at 217 then I think. He was one of the four sixth grade teachers. When we got to Ditmas, Mr. Shapiro was a science teacher. It seemed like he spent the entire term reading the Martian Chronicles to us. P.S. By the time I moved out of the neighborhood in 1964, I was able to throw a Spaldeen or a Pensie over the roof of 217 and we found a way to go up there and retrieve them all. I did come back to 217 infrequently over the years till my mid 20s for the night centers for ping pong and basketball.

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