Nathan Hale Elementary School, Roxbury, Massachusetts, 2003

“In all honesty, we command respect by being who we are as part of Experience Corps. We are older adults who offer smaller children a loving figure of authority. My name is Mr. Mike in my classroom. If you don’t refer to me as Mr. Mike, you’re not referring to me at all. That teaches them respect. I came up through school at a time when teachers were respected and all elders were respected. I try to instill that in the younger generation.” Mike DeShields, Baltimore