Ronald McDonald House

Today, my advisory is going to do community service work at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.  We will be helping out in any way that’s needed — cleaning, working around the grounds, etc — but the students will also learn about how the Ronald McDonald House helps families whose children have to undergo treatments at UNC Children’s Hospital.

In reading about the charity, I just learned that the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia and was started by a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team whose 3-year old daughter was disgnosed with leukemia.  The player, Fred Hill, and his teammates started the Eagles Fly for Leukemia philanthropic program back in 1972.  One person really can make a difference.

On another note, when we get on the bus, I’m going to try to be more thoughtful than I have before about where my advisees sit.  I just remembered a scene from Remember The Titans (2000), a movie about how a high school and its football team integrated and went on to an undefeated season in 1971.  The movie is based on a true story at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA.  Here’s the relevant clip, thanks to TubeChop, a service that lets you “easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it.”

To set the clip up, the players have just boarded two busses as they prepare for a ride to a far-away pre-season training camp.  The black players got on one bus, and the white players got on the other.  And now the coach is going to be a bit more thoughtful about who sits where:

I am having trouble embedding the video, but click here to view the clip — it’s less than a minute long.

The goals I have for my advisory are somewhat different from the goals the coach has for his team, and we meet less frequently.  But rather than have students sit “wherever” (which usually means next to someone they already know well), I think it will be good to have students sit next to someone new and take the opportunity to learn a little about each other.

Plus, this is a good excuse to show a clip from one of my favorite movies and to try out TubeChop.


About Steve Goldberg

I teach students at Research Triangle High School (RTHS) about US History. RTHS is a public charter school in Durham, NC, whose mission is to incubate, prove and scale innovative models of teaching and learning. The blog posts here reflect my own personal views and not those of my employer.
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