Our colleagues at PublicSource have been working on a series of in-depth and powerful stories about educational inequality. We encourage you to read them all and we are pleased to share this story with you here. 

Two adjacent districts. Different academic worlds. The story of Sto-Rox and Montour.
By Mary Niederberger

August 14, 2018 — Part of the PublicSource series Failing the Future

This fall was supposed to be a dream-come-true football season for the Sto-Rox Vikings. They would charge across new turf at their high school stadium instead of the rugged, rutted grass field that teams have played on for decades.

An alumni fundraising effort had hit its $600,000 goal near the end of the school year. Work was set to start on the new turf in July and games would be played there in September. No longer would the high school players have to maneuver around humps and hollows that could turn ankles and break bones.

But then came the announcement by coach LaRoi Johnson in late June that the amount raised fell about $100,000 short of the cost to install the turf. It would be delayed another year while fundraising resumed.

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Melissa Rayworth

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The...