At the planning meeting, a Myriad Gardens representative offered to help design the new school's landscaping and playground. Let's compare that offer to what happens at many other schools where PTAs sell popcorn and pickles to children who can't afford to buy their own breakfasts and lunches as a way to buy safe (not fancy) playground equipment. Schools write grants, hold garage sales and beg for every dollar.
The planned school would be new and shiny and the next big thing downtown. The district has 42,500 other children. Who will help them? The list of people fighting for this downtown school to be the best that it can be is long. What if the community extended that fight on behalf of all children in all schools?
The pockets of excellence in our city are great — this school is sure to be one. But the vast majority of children are deep in the pockets of mediocrity. Every business, civic club and individual in Oklahoma City should work to bring John Rex's dream to every child.
Pearson is chairwoman of the Edgemere School Community Advisory Board and founder of Friends of Edgemere School, a support organization for the school.