We had a terrific holiday celebration for the kids on Monday, December 21, 2009 when Teddy Atlas came to visit our school. We first got to know Teddy three years ago when he established a partnership with our school. Ever since then, he has been extremely generous with his foundation. He got every single student (with the help of Santa) a holiday gift. Even the children at the off-sites received a gift. Then he came on Monday and brought Santa to help distribute the gifts at our Main Site. He brought Everlast, a company which manufactures boxing gear, and they are going to all work together to get our kids outfitted and enrolled in his free afterschool boxing program run with the Police Athletic League. He and his friends are strong positive role models for our kids, especially the ones struggling to make the right choices.
Teddy gave a great speech to our older kids about improving behaviors and being positive leaders at school. He promised 50 Nets tickets and transportation to a Nets game for the students who demonstrated the best positive choices at school; with good attendance, respect for others, and positive attitudes. We really commend him for being such a great role model for our kids!