Teachers at Bond Take a Tour Through Their Community

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

Teachers at Bond Elementary spent the day on a school bus touring the neighborhoods where their students live.

Teachers we spoke to say this bus ride is one of their favorite parts of the school year. They get to kick it off right and seeing where their students come from.

Teachers at Bond Elementary loaded up the school bus Monday afternoon just like the kids will next week.

Laughing and enjoying each others company on their first day back together - like they do every year.

Warren Tyre is now in his second year at Bond. He said, "It's important for us to see where our kids come from ... so we can kind of relate to them ... and just have that background so we can bring that into the classroom."

They put up flyers with announcements, and connect with the community.

Wendy Holland teaches the 4th grade. She said, "We are in the Southside, which is inner city, so a lot of our educators aren't familiar to the struggles that our students go through prior to the classroom."

"They can have some sort of empathy for them when they come to school with all sorts of issues ... this will help enlighten them to see maybe why,' said Carol Pye, a 5th grade teacher.

The teachers told us that a lot of the children have to walk half of a mile just to get to a bus stop to get to school.

Pye explained, "Whether it's good weather, bad weather ... you know it's very important for us to see and understand where they are coming from."

The children were dancing and singing when they saw the teacher showing their excitement about the new school year.


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  • by me Location: tally on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    I surely don't know how to classify the area they "field tripped" into...What I question is the point of taking them there. Was it to excuse poor performance? It appears "johnny" is having problems, but, it's ok your housing situation stinks...you pass(yeah...woohoo), but you will fail in life! It does not matter what you teach children, it will not change their home life. It will affect their future home and their family, but not their current home. Maybe they should attempt to educate the parents too. Funny thing about all this....if this is such a great and groovy area, why are teachers visiting it as if it's a drive through zoo? Why is this community being singled out by a liberal education system? So, if you want to defend your neighborhood, great! Yall should charge admission next time you're singled out for being what's wrong with your kids. TRUTH FOR TEA PARTY is correct, now that you've been there, what's next?. You weren't singled out by the Tea Party, you were singled out by your OWN.
  • by tallymama Location: Tallahassee, Fl on Aug 16, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    If you think this area is the slums, you have no concept of what "slums" are. You should go spend some time there before you start stereotyping. Better yet, maybe we should spend some of that "wasted money" and move you and your party affiliates there for a reality check.
  • by l on Aug 16, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    Truth for Tea Party, because of where they live does not mean they're not trying to help themselves. I live on the same side of town, down the road from the shcool in a comfortable 3 bed room two bath house, raised my children to adults, no problems...By-the-way- it is not a slum.
  • by Grace Location: TAllahassee on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:45 AM
    Another example of our govt. wasting OUR money
  • by Truth for Tea Party on Aug 15, 2011 at 07:08 PM
    Now that you have seen the slums, what will you do? How do you help those that won't help themselves?
    • reply
      by Wow on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:20 AM in reply to Truth for Tea Party
      Spoken like a true Tea Party Idiot!
      • reply
        by Truth for Tea Party on Aug 16, 2011 at 05:09 AM in reply to Wow
        You didn't answer the question. Is it because you can't handle the truth?
        • reply
          by Wow on Aug 16, 2011 at 01:42 PM in reply to Truth for Tea Party
          Please, go sip on your tea and leave ignorance alone. Your judgemental comment does not deserve an answer.
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