Bronx schoolteacher Stephen Ritz suffered great personal loss. So he refocused on everyone else's kids — and turned a class with a 40% attendance rate to a 93% attendance rate. He was teaching in one of the most troubled schools in the South Bronx. It had a 17% graduation rate, lots of violence, lots of poverty, and lots of really hungry kids.
(Excerpted from Upworthy.com)
Many of the people who live in the South Bronx also suffer from something called "food insecurity." Food insecurity means you don't know where your next meal will come from. For people who live in food deserts, this is a fairly common feeling. Most of his kids are homeless. Many are in foster care.
So he and the kids created the Green Bronx Machine