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City Year NOLA Night before Winter Break

December 25, 2012


By Matt Durham, Corps Member Proudly Serving on the CSX team at Langston Hughes Academy


‘Twas the day before break, when all through the school

Not a scholar was stirring, nor an ESY tool;

Their uniforms hung from their bodies with care,

In hopes that the buses soon would be there;

Our scholars were nestled all snug in their seats

Thinking of hot fries and other good eats;

My teacher in his glasses, and I in my jacket,

Pleased that our scholars finished their packets,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the chair to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the blinds, to look at the crash.

The moon on the field of the freshly cut grass

Made everything shine, including our class

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature streetcar, and nine volunteers,

With a little, young driver, with a bark and a yell,

I knew in a moment it must be Danielle.

More rapid than eagles her team they did came,

And she whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

Now, BRYANT! now, BROCKETT! now, Mr. J and Ms. V!


To the top of the gym! To the top of the wall!

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

And then, in a twinkling, I heard from outside

Some PITWs being shouted with pride.

As I walked out the door, and was turning around,

Through the foyer Danielle came with a bound.

She was dressed all in fur, from her head to her toes,

But smeared with dirt from the garden were all of her clothes;

A bundle ofย  books they had flung on their backs,

And looked like librarians just reviewing their stacks.

They spoke not a word, but went straight to their work,

And filled all the shelves; then turned with a jerk,

And laying their fingers on the side of their noses,

They Instagrammed the event striking many weird poses

They went back to the streetcar and gave a quick beep!

And away they all went to go prep for the LEAP.

But I heard them exclaim, as they drove out of sight,



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