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The search for a school

Home repair teacher is looking for a classroom to get her unique program off the ground

Bostick transforms an ugly, old room with new paint, as will be done in the Women's Center's waiting spaces with students.

Bostick transforms an ugly, old room with new paint, as will be done in the Women's Center's waiting spaces with students.

— They hit the ground running, developing a 12 week curriculum and finding teachers, many of whom were experts at their trades but weren’t certified by New York State to teach at BOCES. She and her husband secured a sponsor organization, which agreed to help them out with funding and secured a building for classes to be held.

The next step was to go into the rescue mission and see if there was any interest- and as it turned out, there was. Dozens of men signed up, eager to begin. In fact, because there were so many people interested, Bostick required that every student complete 20 hours of community service as a prerequisite to school. This helped weed out the less committed and would give the students some experience before hitting the books.

“Everything was going perfectly,” Bostick said. “It’s an overwhelmingly, functionally together plan. These people need to have jobs, the vacancies in the neighborhood will go down, buildings that remain untended to will be able to have work done, and I’d be teaching something valuable.”

It seemed too good to be true. And it was.

As soon as things got going, Bostick’s sponsor pulled out and said it was no longer interested. So at this point, she had a full class ready to go, but no teaching space and no money to pay her teachers. Some teachers moved on, but she was able to secure three who agreed to teach for nothing. At the same time, Bostick is desperate to find any building where she can hold class three nights a week. She lives on Syracuse’s North Side, but is open to teaching anywhere that needs her help.

“If there’s a church that has some open rooms at night and needs painting, or wall repair, or carpentry, we can go and show [the employees] that we can fix it, and at the same time, we can hold our school,” Bostick said.

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