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The approach of the new school year in Brooklyn

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Posted by Nate Goldman on Sunday, August 18th 2019:

I I remember when the summer was winding down, a sense of apprehension would come over some of the kids, who knew that they would be soon be returning to school, with the ensuring homework, class assignments, etc. The greatest suspense was wondering who our new teacher(s) would be. I remember being apprised of one incident, which occurred at P.S. 217, on the first day of school. The story started ten weeks earlier on the last day of the school year, which in the 1950's always meant June 30th, or pretty close to that date. Some teachers would state "You'll sweat it out, until the bitter end". Naturally, when the school bell sounded at 3PM, and everyone would be free for 10 weeks, the kids were jumping with joy, and would charge down the stairs. They were like a runaway freight train. Unfortunately, one time a poor teacher got caught in that stampede at the bottom of the stairs, leading to the exits to either the school yard, or to Westminster Road. Hence, she was bumped into by at least one of the students. She yelled after them, "I'll get you when you come back". Now, who would have thought that a given teacher would have held a grudge the entire summer? She must have been counting down the days of the summer, until school returned, when she would have her revenge. Unfortunately, she recognized one of the kids who had bumped into her in June. Thus, when he returned in September, she grabbed him on the spot. I felt badly for him, as he was caught like a deer in the headlights.

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