So we started with the two of us [Joanne Alter and Marion Stone], and the teachers were very skeptical, and the principal was extremely worried because they were, you know these two fancy ladies, coming in to volunteer—these were all inner-city black children, in a real slum, and the teachers didn't need the added burden of two critical ladies listening to them maybe yell, or, you know, whatever it is. So that they were not that excited about accepting us. And so we did it for a year, and lo and behold at the end of the school year they gave us a huge party in appreciation. And, they asked us if maybe we could get a few more, so that the next year I think there were eight of us. Then as it grew we realized for safety and security we needed bussing. And, this whole project has grown to have thirteen hundred volunteers. And it has been simply a wonderful, wonderful, experience. It's something, that, you know, I was 70, and you hear people say “well, I've done that, now I'll let other people do it,” and it's not true. If you're able and capable, you have a responsibility to do what you can. And this has been one of the best experiences of my life.
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