Last week, I was in Englewood and Bronzeville to report a story on Chicago’s school closings.
One afternoon, right when school was letting out, photographer Mike Shin and I were at Overton Elementary to interview parents. The school is consolidating into Mollison Elementary next year.
We were talking to a mom when a bold young girl walked up to us, leading her three little sisters.
“Are you here to save our school?” she asked.
I wasn’t sure how to answer her. She was eating crushed grape ice out of a styrofoam cup. The rim was bitten off in little scallops, to get to the syrupy ice at the bottom.
If you want, I finally said, I can tell people how you feel about your school closing.
Her sisters huddled quietly behind her. “I really like this school,” she said. “We want to stay here.”