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TKO: The Brooklyn Kids Who Followed Quixote's Example

Statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in Madrid
Statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in Madrid

What does a guy who's 400 years old and fictional have to offer kids in today's world? A lot, it turns out. Especially if the old guy is Don Quixote and the kids are from a rough part of Brooklyn, many of them fearing being deported.

Their teacher, Stephen Haaf, is Robert Goodwin's guest in this month's edition of The Keenest Observers. Haaf assembled an after-school reading program to get past a rough part of his own life, and led the students in translating the book into a musical.

The book about the effort is called "Kid Quixotes: A Group of Students, Their Teacher, and the One-Room School Where Everything Is Possible." The author visits to outline what the children accomplished with his guidance.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.
Robert Goodwin is a substitute host on The Jefferson Exchange and the host of the monthly segment The Keenest Observers. In the segment, Rob leads an exploration of issues affecting people from minority communities, and how all of us think and talk about race.