School Transforms After it Replaces Security Guards with Art Teachers

Despite calls by the NRA and others to place security guards in every school, Orchard Gardens, a K-8 school in the community of Roxbury, Massachusetts, decided to go the opposite way, shedding the hundreds of thousands of dollars it spent on security guards.

Instead, the school used the money to hire new art teachers and reinvest all the money into the school's arts program. Three years later, the results are very telling:

Brightly colored paintings, essays of achievement, and motivational posters line the halls. The dance studio has been resurrected, along with the band room, and an artists’ studio.

The end result? Orchard Gardens has one of the fastest student improvement rates statewide. And the students — once described as loud and unruly, have found their focus.

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