"To get a sense of the monumental challenges facing kids in Boston public schools, spend a few hours in the nurse’s office at the Thomas A. Edison K-8 School in Brighton.
There, between the hours of 8:15 and 2:45 each weekday, the unflappable Kim Brown-Lynch sees everything that could possibly ail a student - and a city. Sore throats, headaches, bellyaches, burns, scratches, chills, boredom, anxiety, sleeplessness, hunger, isolation, neglect: All of these and more find their way to her waiting room on a recent morning. She dispenses pills for ADHD, and sets nebulizers whirring to stop asthma attacks. She treats injuries from scuffles on the bus from East Boston, and from war zones halfway across the planet.
The easy cases can be fixed with ibuprofen, a cup of ginger ale, a hug. There aren’t enough easy cases...
She grew up in the suburbs, and still commutes from Easton each day. Her husband wonders why she can’t work at a school closer to home. But she feels more needed here."
Ms. Brown-Lynch is one of those special people at the Edison that make the school what it is. The story is worth a read!