Bronx Charter School Caters to Students on the ‘Margins’
At Mott Haven Academy Charter School in New York City, fifth-graders start the fall reading “Locomotion,” the story of a boy in foster care.
Every kindergartner gets a teddy bear to keep in school for comfort. And from time to time, class parties celebrate a student’s adoption.
The Bronx charter is believed to be the first in the U.S. designed for children in foster care or at risk of entering it, often due to parental addiction, abuse or neglect. It tries to support them with counseling and trains teachers to be especially sensitive to their needs. . .