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Rooftop Films popcorn @ New Design High School (more by Chris La Putt)
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"Health gurus and nutritionists were outraged by news that a city school gives gym credits for selling hot dogs and soda.

The Daily News reported Sunday that New Design High School in lower Manhattan allowed students to work the concession stand at Friday night Rooftop Films screenings to get the physical education credits they need to graduate.

"This makes me so angry. If that ever happened in my son's school, I would boycott the school. Taking care of your heart and your body is just as important as math and English," said Janine Whiteson, a nutritionist whose fifth-grader son attends Manhattan's Public School 290. [Daily News] (via)

Rooftop Films returns to New Design High School on Friday, June 4th (music by Elephant Parade) and Saturday, June 5th (music by Dinosaur Feathers).

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Comments (16)

if i had a nickel for every time some mother from manhattan was outraged at a school, i'd be living in a 2 bedroom apartment with a doorman in stuytown.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2010 11:45 PM

Meh,the Bloomberghattan health nazi's have nothing better to think about I guess.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 12:33 AM

Whata Bitch!

Posted by lester | June 1, 2010 12:39 AM

when i was in high school they would give us muffins and gummy bears in health class, so whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 8:53 AM

I seem to remember the whole goal of gym class was to not break a sweat...

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 9:05 AM

and this has what to do with music? Even peripherally??

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 9:17 AM

Rooftop Films has bands. BV has covered them numerous times in the past.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 9:55 AM

give me a break. if these kids didnt get the gym credits they probably wouldnt be able to graduate over something inane

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 10:48 AM

"and this has what to do with music? Even peripherally??"

"Rooftop Films has bands. BV has covered them numerous times in the past. "

not to mention the relevant picture being used in the post was from a recent set of pictures posted on this site.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 10:54 AM

9:17, I hope your subtle wit just escaped us heathen BV readers, because you basically made the exact same argument that that fucking moronic woman quoted in the article did.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 11:38 AM

9:17, I hope your subtle wit just escaped us heathen BV readers, because you basically made the exact same argument that that fucking moronic woman quoted in the article did.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 11:46 AM

This is outrageous to say the least. What possible connection is there between phys ed and selling concessions at roof top films? And I do wonder whether these kids were paid. Somebody needs to get to the bottom of this absurdity. If it is legal, then I would like some high school kids to come clean my house, for phys ed credits of course.

Posted by Rocky Napoli | June 1, 2010 12:01 PM

You people should get your facts straight before you repost stories from bullsh** papers like the News. THIS is the real deal:

http://rooftopfilms.com/blog/2010/05/the-amazing-students-at-new-design-high-school.html

Posted by NDHS_Emily | June 1, 2010 12:01 PM

"You people should get your facts straight before you repost stories from bullsh** papers like the News. THIS is the real deal: "

There's nothing in that Rooftop Films press release that's different than what the Daily News wrote. They're completely consistent, so I'm not sure what your point is by saying "get your facts straight". If anything, that link makes Rooftop Films seem worse - like an ultra defensive piece sticking up for how they get away with employing high school kids ("they get to see great movies!" ooooohhh!)

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 12:21 PM

the parents should be on their hands and knees thanking school officials they let this happen. if their little delinquent kids weren't able to make up the gym credits they missed since they cut class to go to fucking best buy to play video games, they wouldn't be able to graduate

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 9:47 PM

We appreciate the support from the previous post about getting the facts straight, but we did want to clarify that that post wasn't put up by Rooftop (but thanks!). The main distinction that we wanted to make in our release was that the students are not volunteering for Rooftop Films. The food stand is organized entirely by the school, and absolutely 100% of the money from concessions goes to the school to pay for things that they can't afford due to budget cuts--calculators, art supplies, summer programs, etc. We felt that the wording of the Daily News piece made it sound as if they were working for Rooftop Films, which they are not. And we were also disappointed that the Daily News never mentions that the money from the food sales goes to support the school. We asked them to clarify this point in their follow up, and they did not do so for the print edition. They later updated the follow-up piece online only.

Rooftop doesn't handle the food concessions in any way, and we don't know anything about gym credit being awarded to students or not. We do, however, think that the administration at New Design are some of the hardest working people that we know and we have always found the students to be hard-working and dedicated to the school and each other, and we applaud their efforts to support their school and to take charge of their own education and their future. We will continue to support New York City public schools in any and every way that we can.

Dan Nuxoll, Program Director, Rooftop Films

Posted by Dan Nuxoll | June 2, 2010 1:22 PM

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