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    Heart of Stone (Documentary)



    The Film

    Before 1960 Weequahic High School (WHS) was known as one of the top schools in America. *By 2000 it was one of the most violent schools in the 12th most dangerous city in the country. **Heart of Stone is the true story of WHS’ quest to return to its former glory.
    When Ron Stone took over as principal in 2001, gangs ruled the school. *Crime and shootings were commonplace and during his first month on the job he watched students engage in a mass brawl in every hallway.
    Stone knew his work was cut out for him and devised an unconventional plan to realize his vision of turning the school around. *He started by working with the gangs and establishing the school as a “non-violence” zone. **He then partnered with the committed alumni association -- comprised of mostly older Jewish and younger African American alums -- to raise funds for programs and college scholarships that helped transform the gang culture of the school to one of discipline and performance. *At Weequahic High School, where Philip Roth immortalized his Newark, NJ as a turn of the century Camelot, we watch an unusual tale unfold where past meets present and adolescents strive to overcome adversity.
    The WHS experience is a model for other inner city schools to rejuvenate by reaching into their own past. *Inner cities were once proud downtown districts with excellent education programs that graduated professionals who long ago moved to the suburbs. *Heart of Stone shows how disparate groups can join together to give their old communities something they haven’t had for generations…a future.

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    FLV Trailer 853X480 (19.0Mb)
    FLV Trailer 640X480 (36.2Mb)

    ** QT Encodes Available HERE at Apple Including HD, no Direct Links.
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