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  • There's been so much going on in the world

  • lately that I appreciate those making a difference now

  • more than ever.

  • Our next guest is doing just that.

  • He's an incredible principal at Bruce Elementary

  • in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • He is shaping young minds in this community every day,

  • and he is someone we can all learn from.

  • Please welcome principal Archie Moss Jr. Hi.

  • Hello, Archie Moss Jr.

  • How are you?

  • I'm OK.

  • How are you?

  • I am freaking out right now.

  • But other than that, I'm going to calm myself down.

  • I'm making the best out of every experience

  • and every moment, yes.

  • Well, all right, so you work at Bruce Elementary.

  • I want you to tell--

  • I know about the school.

  • But explain, tell everybody about the school.

  • So I am the proud principal at Bruce Elementary School, which

  • is located in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • We are a title one school with about 600 students.

  • About 80% of our students are African-American,

  • 90% of my staff are African-American as well.

  • We also have 10% of my population

  • who are temporarily displaced or homeless.

  • So we know that our kids have a lot of needs.

  • So we really pride ourselves on being a family

  • and making sure that we provide everything for our scholars,

  • so making sure that they need food.

  • We provide them with the food.

  • If they need clothes, we have a clothes closet.

  • If they need school supplies, we provide them.

  • So really, a school committee that

  • works together to give our kids the best experience ever.

  • Incredible.

  • I want to tell everybody what an amazing person you are, OK?

  • Just some of the things that you do.

  • You coach the school's basketball and step teams.

  • You read bedtime stories to your students every night.

  • You run a mentorship program for at risk youth.

  • Every parent has your number, and you accept

  • calls all hours of the night.

  • Yes.

  • You buy students technology, clothes, food,

  • basic necessities.

  • I mean, since becoming principal,

  • your school has gone from the bottom 10% to one

  • of the top performing schools in the state.

  • I mean, that is quite an accomplishment.

  • That's because of you.

  • I appreciate that.

  • I really do.

  • But I honestly will just say, this all

  • came true because I have an amazing staff,

  • and amazing kids, and amazing community that

  • supports me in all that I do.

  • Well, the kids support you, because you're awesome.

  • And you know, you have earned their respect and their love

  • by everything that I just mentioned.

  • So you wrote a letter to your students and staff

  • about everything that's going on.

  • Will you share a little bit of what you wrote right now,

  • and why?

  • Yeah, so it's been a really rough and difficult couple

  • of weeks for me dealing with everything

  • that's gone in the world.

  • And as a black man, first and foremost,

  • I thought it was so important for me to say something

  • to my community.

  • I don't travel throughout the city without my work badge

  • on, because I still operate in fear as a black man

  • that, if I'm pulled over, something could happen to me.

  • And I try to use my badge as a shield.

  • And if I feel that way as an adult,

  • imagine the emotions that my students are going through

  • and the confusion.

  • So we see when we turn on the news,

  • we see the negative stereotypes, the negative images

  • about black boys, black girls.

  • And we have a president who's not supporting and not

  • protecting them.

  • I sent that letter off as a glimpse of hope for them,

  • so that they can understand that I see them.

  • I see them as who they are.

  • They matter to me.

  • Their voices matter.

  • And I just want them to understand

  • that we can work together to come up

  • with some sense of healing, sense of understanding,

  • and ultimately, make sure they know their feelings

  • and emotions are validated.

  • So important.

  • That's so important that you did that.

  • I know that your students need connection, especially

  • during this time.

  • You have incredible teachers who volunteered

  • to help throughout summer.

  • I don't know how you're going to do that right now.

  • How are you going to do that?

  • So that's been a very difficult challenge

  • in the era of COVID-19 with social distancing.

  • My staff, they're off work, you know?

  • They're not required to provide any additional support

  • over the summer, but myself and my school community

  • knew how important it was to try to make some type of contact.

  • So my teachers have agreed that they're

  • going to continue doing some online learning

  • with our students over the course of this pandemic.

  • Well, I want to help you stay connected to your students

  • during this difficult time.

  • I've partnered with Box Tops for Education

  • to celebrate amazing educators, like yourself.

  • And they want to give Bruce Elementary School $25,000,

  • so that should help.

  • To help educators at your school,

  • download the Box Tops for Education app on your phone.

  • We will be back.

  • Thank you so much for everything you do.

  • You're great, and keep it up.

  • And I hope to meet you in person.

  • Thank you.

  • And when we go back, we want to invite you

  • to the show, all right?

  • Yes, I would love to.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you.

  • Oh my goodness.

  • On behalf of everyone on my staff, thank you.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you.

  • This is going to be so helpful to my kids.

  • Thank you so much.

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