Sender: Jenise Santos
Posted On: 08/24/2005
Year: 1997-1998


"We Want Jenkins!"

That is what the graduating class of 1998 (and company) chanted as they walked the streets of Camden one cool autumn afternoon on their way downtown to the Board of Education. I will never forget where I was that day, 3rd period Latin class with Mr. Grosso. The WALK-OUT/ Protest erupted when Mr. Louis Jenkins announced that he will no longer be acting principal. With a shaky voice he said "I love you," , go to class, and of course - teachers do not issue any hall passes!. It may not sound like much, but there was alot of sorrow in his voice that day. Teachers and students were extremely moved so it was no surprise when a staff member asked that all those interested in supporting Mr. Jenkins meet in the auditorium. When I got there groups of people already had picket signs saying - "The HIGH is LOW without Jenkins." Truly it would have been. In June of 1998 my classmates and I marched down Park Blvd. to the field for our graduation ceremony - Mr. Jenkins was there and his John Hancock is on my diploma.

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