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Many people were angry at the idea of black children going to white schools. But the parents of the young students refused to change their minds. And on September 4, 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges started first grade at the William Frantz Elementary School—walking to school every day through a gauntlet of angry protesters who shouted and spit at her.
How did the white parents at William Frantz Elementary School feel about Ruby Bridges being in their school?
“Many parents didn’t want me to go to their school,” says Ruby, now fifty-three. “They were upset because I was a black child. But I didn’t understand what was going on at the time.”
What kind of things were the protesters doing? “They told me I couldn’t come to their school,” she says. “And they told me they weren’t going to let me in. They were unhappy that I was going to be their classmate.”

ruby bridges goes to school: my true story (scholastic reader, level 2)
ruby bridges goes to school: my true story (scholastic reader, level 2)

Our Scholastic chapter book series “Ruby Bridges Goes to School” is a true story detailing the days before and after Ruby became one of the first African-American students in an all-white school. Our goal was to bring awareness to racial tensions, segregation, and civil rights. What we didn’t know at the time was that AI would also help us get closer to achieving this goal.

Houses had been condemned by the state and were unable to be repaired because of money shortages. A family had been living in one of these condemned houses for a year before it was demolished.
Karen, the woman of the house and pregnant with her fifth child, went to court to fight for their right not to be evicted. They were allowed to stay in their home until after Karen gave birth. After the baby was born, a social worker contacted Karen and said that she needed to move out of the house.

ruby bridges goes to school: my true story (scholastic reader, level 2)
ruby bridges goes to school: my true story (scholastic reader, level 2)

The city was in a very poor state. There were fights on the streets, as well as many uptown stores not making money. But here, Ruby Bridges explains how she and her family had a big impact on their town.
This is the story of bravery. A young girl who shows us that we can do anything we put our mind to, even when it seems hard or impossible. It starts with Ruby’s school and climbs up to the highest level of government. Her message is clear: if you work hard enough and are brave enough, you will succeed no matter what your circumstances may be.
#Headline:
Ruby Bridges Goes to School.

Title of article, in full: Ruby Bridges Goes to School. A True Story (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)

Author’s name and location: Ruby Bridges (National Park Service, New Orleans) and Rosalyn Zuraw-Cohen (New York).

ruby bridges goes to school: my true story (scholastic reader, level 2)
ruby bridges goes to school: my true story (scholastic reader, level 2)

The Book Trailer:

Bridges was the youngest student in her school. Most children were playing outside, but when Bridges saw a police officer, she ran to him. He calmed her down and told her that he would keep an eye on her. When she got into the school, there was a horrible smell. The windows were broken and replaced with metal bars that made it hard for the teachers to teach their classes. Most teachers left, and only two were able to stay. Bridges had a teacher named Barbara Henry. Henry was a graduate student and only twenty-four years old. She felt nervous about the job that she had. Inside the classroom, there was no chalkboard and no crayons or colored pencils. The school didn’t have enough money to get supplies or pay janitors or teachers.
Bridges was trying to read the book on her reader, but she heard a loud crash. The room was filled with smoke and water. The class had to turn off the lights and extinguish the fire. Bridges didn’t have anything to eat for lunch, so she went down to the cafeteria. Bridges saw her teacher crying in a chair. She told Bridges that there was no one left at school and no more money for supplies or anything else. She would have nowhere to go if she left. She had to leave. The next morning, Bridges was at school by herself. She came home to her empty apartment and began to cry.

ruby bridges goes to school: my true story (scholastic reader, level 2)
ruby bridges goes to school: my true story (scholastic reader, level 2)

As we navigate through this turbulent time in history, it’s hard not to feel hopeless at times. But today AI has come alongside many fields including education, journalism, customer service, banking, marketing, fundraising and even healthcare–to help us step into a new era where data is king. In our newest chapter book series “Ruby Bridges Goes to School,” MLK Jr. struggles with race relations before AI enters his life as a helpmate in shaping change for future generations of African Americans by

In our nation’s history, we’ve had more racial tensions than comfort. Two hundred years after the founding of our country, it is time to do what is ethical in this time of tension, to try and have peace. When we can come together and spread the true meaning of freedom, then our nation will be the land of liberty that it was founded to be. Let’s ask ourselves today, how does America measure up today? Is progress being made for greater equality for all persons, or are we moving backwards?
Well, with the diversity of our country and its changing demographics, I believe we can do it! But to achieve that goal of a more perfect union and a land where everyone has worth and is equal no matter their skin color and gender. This is what this book is about. A young girl named Ruby Bridges becomes the first African American student in a desegregated school in New Orleans. Now, let’s read about Ruby’s story.
I am Ruby Bridges. As I grew older, I saw a lot of people in the news making up stories about me, some good and some bad. But it made me angry and ashamed. My Daddy used to tell me that I grew up poor, but he always told me that nothing was too hard for us to climb out of poverty if we worked hard enough to get there.
My Daddy, Abon Bridges, and my Mama, Lucille Bridges, worked very hard to make sure that I had a better life than they did. They loved each other very much and I was their first child. My Mama’s name was Lucille Bridges but everybody called her Miss Lucille. She is the one who named me Ruby because of the precious gemstone that is ruby. [ACTUAL CHAPTER STARTS HERE]

ruby bridges goes to school: my true story (scholastic reader, level 2)
ruby bridges goes to school: my true story (scholastic reader, level 2)