Introduce the Clip: Adding to their experiences in the classroom, boys at West Hartsville Elementary School may also participate in the Boy Scouts. We see them raising and lowering the flag, repeating the Boy Scouts pledge, and running outside. Even in this setting, Rashon Johnson calls attention to himself – swinging his arms unnecessarily and not preparing for the command to run. Pierre Brown is one of the Scout leaders. Principal Tara King questions dropping him from the Boy Scouts as has apparently been discussed.
• What aspects of the Scouting program address the needs and issues of the boys enrolled in the program?
• What reasons does Tara King give for keeping Rashon in the Scouting program?
• What would you recommend: keep Rashon in or drop him from the program? Why?
Think about action steps that your community can take to collaborate on providing afterschool programs for youth that support a college-going culture. How can your school and community leverage 180 Days: Hartsville’s media assets to address or give visibility to this effort?