Snow makeup day ‘like normal’ in Gary school
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent May 10, 2014 11:16PM
Kitchen staff Arneetrice Wallace, (front to back) Stephanie Taylor, and Leonard Johnson serve lunch of pizza and french fries to students making up one of six snow days Saturday at Brunswick Elementary School in Gary. | Carrie Napoleon~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 12, 2014 6:21AM
GARY — It was business as usual Saturday for students and staff at Brunswick Elementary as classes convened for the first of six snow makeup days.
Attendance at the school was pretty good for the Saturday session, principal Gloria Terry said.
“It’s like a normal day, believe it or not, including parents coming to visit,” Terry said.
Moleak Hoskins of Gary was taking the opportunity to see how his two children, Zacharia and Chloe Woods, 11 and 8, respectively, were doing in class. Hoskins said he works Monday through Friday and has not been able to come to the school before while it was in session to observe.
He said the kids were a little disappointed to give up their Saturday play time. Hoskins said he too would have preferred the day be tacked on at the end of the year instead, but school is school and skipping is not an option.
“Snow or not, the kids have to learn,” Hoskins said.
Staff was taking the day in stride as well.
“It’s just nice to be able to serve the children,” Jeannine McKnight, the district’s student nutrition manager, said. For some students, class on Saturday means a meal they may not have had the opportunity to have at home. The day’s fare, pizza and french fries, is a student favorite.
Stephanie Taylor, who works in Brunswick’s cafeteria, said she did not mind working on Saturday and was grateful to be employed.
“Some people don’t have a job,” Taylor said.
Students, too, seemed not to mind the Saturday classes. Kameron Johnson, 11, and Robert Youghbor, 10, both said they were happy to be in school.
“ ’Cause it’s fun. My favorite is spelling,” Robert said.
“It’s fun. I like the work,” Kameron agreed. The youngsters went through their normal routine, working on spelling and math and telling their good morning story, a daily ritual. Teachers also were able to treat the students to a movie, either in their classrooms or the media center.
Schools in Gary Community School Corp. have to make up six snow days to meet the state’s 180-day attendance requirement. The remaining five days will be tacked on to the end of the school year, which will be extended from June 4 to June 12.