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Sweet High School Video

In 1996 i was in my last year of high school. I went to an alternative school for kids with "issues". It was technically a special ed school, but for really smart kids who learn differently than most kids and therefore had difficulty in public school. Beacon High School (formerly New Perspectives School) was technically public through Massachusetts chapter 766 law stating that if a child has problems that make it too hard for them to learn in public school, the town is supposed to pay for a school that the kid can learn at. It's complicated though. The only reason i qualified for Beacon was because i had dropped out of Reading Memorial High School and attempted suicide which landed me at McLean Hospital and my social worker there saw that if i were forced to go back to RMHS i would have dropped out and/or re-attempted suicide.

After much fighting with the town and school, they agreed to send me. I took a sped bus (a station wagon driven by local cab companies) to Brookline every day, and the town paid for my school and my transportation.
Beacon High School saved my life. It was a small school in a house in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. Brookline, not to be confused with Brooklyn, is basically part of Boston, highly populated by rich Jewish people. There were 44 students in the whole school, 8 students max per class making it easier to learn and get the attention i needed and could not get in a class of 35 kids who all hated me at RMHS.

Anyway, this video is from my last year at Beacon. I was in the hospital again for my depression and anxiety, and my video class (Wigwag) made this video for me.

I don't know if any of you ever watched the TV show Romper Room when you were little, but if you did and you happened to live in New York as well, my teacher Reddi, in the beginning of this video, was the Romper Room teacher in New York, Miss Louise.
This was what she looked like when she hosted Romper Room. You can hear her voice throughout the video as well as see her in the first few seconds, she is the 1st teacher shown



Most people don't know that there were different Romper Room teachers in different areas, but most of the web sites referencing Romper Room have pictures of Miss Louise. Her name was once actually Louise, but she changed it at some point to Reddi, which is what i know her by now and what we called her in high school. (We called our teachers by their first names at Beacon)

So here is the video that Reddi and the rest of the Wigwag class made for me. Keep in mind that my name USED TO BE Keri. Now, enjoy.

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( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
lisetboulanger
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
That video was awesome!
djcliche
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
thank you. i have always cherished that video. my therapist at beacon, brenda who is at the end of the video brought it to me in the hospital to watch. it was a long time ago, but it meant so much that i always kept it
mrshannibal
Jan. 29th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
romper room
djcliche
Jan. 29th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
Re: romper room
thats cool. i just barely remember romper room, but reddi was one of my best teachers in hs
mrshannibal
Feb. 1st, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: romper room
oh, god...i haven't seen romper room in ages... i don't even know if they still air it
djcliche
Feb. 2nd, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
Re: romper room
they dont show romper room anymore. i think they took it off the air in the early mid 80s. i barely remember it but reddi was the shit
mrshannibal
Feb. 3rd, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: romper room
it ended in 1994...
djcliche
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Re: romper room
oh. weird. maybe it was on longer in california?
mrshannibal
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: romper room
no, it didn't...the whole thing ended in 1994...
djcliche
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Re: romper room
wow. that is interesting
mrshannibal
Feb. 3rd, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Re: romper room
read the link i sent you a few comments up
djcliche
Feb. 3rd, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
Re: romper room
oh, thanks. i must've missed that
mrshannibal
Feb. 3rd, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
Re: romper room
go up to the first comment i made in this thread
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