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McCluer North High School teachers working to increase community pride

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Teachers at McCluer North High School hope to encourage community to be 'MN Strong.' Teachers at McCluer North High School hope to encourage community to be 'MN Strong.'

By: Mugo Odigwe / News 4

FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV.com) – After a trying year in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, some teachers and staff are working to increase pride in their school and community.

Teachers at McCluer North High School have started a campaign called “MN Strong,” which stands for McCluer North Strong. The goal of the movement is to make this school year the best year yet.

Immediately following the shooting death of Michael Brown last August, the district delayed the start of the school year for five days.

“It’s not really a huge secret being a part of the Ferguson-Florissant School District that we didn’t have the easiest year last year,” said Adam Bender, a Social Studies teacher at the school.

Bender said in the fallout, some students needed counseling and many teachers were seeking employment elsewhere, which is when he and others decided it was time to make some changes.

“This is my home away from home,” Science Department Chair Amy Hancock said. “These are my kids, this is my family.”

“I actually went to school here, I graduated from here in 1993. I met my wife here so the place means a lot to me, so I just wanted to stay and make it better,” said Bender.

Roughly 184 teachers, staff and administrators have come together as one to improve morale by doing several beautification projects throughout the summer. The group has done social events, tree and hedge trimming, and community garden maintenance.

“MN Strong is a group of teachers coming together to make this a better place for teachers, for students and I love that,” Hancock said.

The second beautification day of the summer will take place Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. During those hours, the teachers will be working on several projects around the school.

The group said it will continue the projects even when the school year begins. 

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