We Have Pride

On 550 Lowell St. in Manchester, NH lies McDonough Elementary School, home of the Mustangs and 550 students ranging from Kindergarten to fifth grade. Below are song lyrics to the new school song (written by one of this year’s corps members, Jared Field) and pictures of McDonough Elementary.  Although it is hard to pinpoint exactly what makes this first-year partnership between City Year and McDonough so special, the song lyrics and pictures will hopefully provide some insight into the unique relationship that has been formed over the past four months.

From the flag filled walls of the cafe

To the space-themed doors by each class

Corps Member Jared Field standing next to Star Lane

There’s a special feeling in this school


That’s never gonna pass

The black top and playground at McDonough, painted by the 2012-2013 CYNH Corps

 From the friendly staff and the teachers

Mrs. McDonough, the school secretary

 To the students, yes, one and all

Henny Mulatre, a corps member, helping a student with her homework

 To dear Hubie the Mustang and our school 

A paper mache sculpture of a Hubie, the school mascot, made by former McDonough Elementary School students

We all sing this prideful call.

Corps Member Jacob Caron engaging students in 21st Century, McDonough's After School Program

We are the Mustangs!

Corps Member Kate Meskey participating in the pledge of allegiance, an important part of each day at McDonough Elementary

 Fearless and free

Corps Member Phieu Luu excited about her day with her 4th grade class

 We will try our very best to be the best we each can be!

Maura Schauerman working on her lesson plans for the students she works with

 With caring and respect for all

Kenneth DiBenedetto, the principal of McDonough

We live the golden rule

Wendy Katsekas, the vice principal of McDonough

 For we all are the Mustangs. 

The City Year Team at McDonough, from left: Andrea Johnson, Henny Mulatre, Kate Meskey, Jared Field, Phieu Luu, Jacob Caron, and Maura Schauerman

 We have pride in McDonough School!

McDonough Elementary School

McDonough Elementary School has welcomed its City Year team in with open arms, with the entire school going out of its way to make us a part of the school culture. Because of this openness, City Year and McDonough have been able to work together to focus on what is really important: the students.  Over the past 4 months it has been an absolute privilege to get to work with McDonough and we are thankful for the opportunities they have given us.  The end of the school song could not have said it better: we all are the Mustangs and we have pride in McDonough School.

-Andy Johnson, Team Leader for the Timberland sponsored McDonough Team.

About CityYear NH

City Year is a nonprofit that unites young people of all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these idealistic leaders make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods across the US and in South Africa. For more information on how to get involved please call the City Year New Hampshire Recruitment hotline at 603-218-5101.
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1 Response to We Have Pride

  1. kmesk says:

    Yay McDonough! Very nicely done, Andy 🙂

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