Teacher Keeps Students Smiling at Student Entry

Mr. Lewis greets students with his comical signs each morning during 2nd period.

Mr. Lewis greets students with his comical signs each morning during 2nd period.

BRONX, NY – Students entering Truman High School have a reason to smile this year – as one faculty member is finding a new way to brighten their day.

“It’s a mood elevator without question,” says English teacher Reggie Lewis.  “Even if some just love the artwork of it.”

Mr. Lewis, who helps each morning during student entry – has started creating welcome signs that he holds up each morning as students pass by.  They usually involve a humorous message- and remind students to remove their hats or other head-gear.

“I’m just trying to ease up the tension so the day can be easier for everyone,” Lewis says.  Students passing by were seen repeatedly breaking out with a grin or a happy greeting after seeing the signs.

The signs often include a comical illustration and often-rhyming phrase reminding students to have a good day and remove their hats. It’s a small gesture, but one that puts students in a positive mindset – right when they step inside the door.

“It’s just to make people feel better,” Lewis says.  It seems to be working.

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