“If it involves graduation,” Gray said, “you've got to do it. ... If you give up, you give up on your whole career.”
Shayna Bruner is taking the first semester of government. She transferred from Putnam City Schools for her last semester of high school and is missing the class. She wasn't too happy about coming to Douglass. She'd heard bad things.
“Now that I'm here, it's not as bad as others are saying,” Bruner said. “People say that Douglass is such a big and bad school. It's not.”
Bruner hopes to study biology or other science at UCO.
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Students have been positive and flexible, said Joyce Henderson, an academic consultant and former administrator. Discipline has improved.
Henderson, who has been retired for six years, works three days a week at the school. Her contract ends Jan. 31.
The community has responded strongly to the cry for help, Henderson said. A dossier of volunteers and donors has been created.
“Accolades to the community and mentors who have stretched out their arms to the Douglass family,” Henderson said. “We sincerely appreciate everything they have done.”
So many individuals and businesses have reached out that Henderson hasn't been able to contact them all. She's in the process of pairing students with community mentors before she leaves at the end of the month.
“We know everything isn't perfect,” Henderson said. “But you can inhale and exhale and know it's getting better.”