Burlington, Vt. - Some teachers in Burlington coach athletic teams, but the BEA President said the strike will continue through Homecoming weekend and Monday.
During a teacher strike, typically all school functions are cancelled. A group of football players didn't want to give up their homecoming game. Seniors on the team, including Captain Kevin Garrison, who knew they needed to take action.
"I was just sitting at the house trying to figure out what we can do," Garrison said.
So the students made a plan. They spoke to the Burlington Education Association and with Yaw Obeng, the Superintendent of Burlington Schools.
"The group of seniors came to see me and I jumped out of a meeting I said I have five minutes and they gave me some compelling reasons as to why they wanted to have their homecoming," Obeng said.
Obeng explained that coaches are teachers that are also in the Union. As long as a coach with appropriate qualifications lead the teams, he would allow all homecoming games to continue. Students said their assistant coach stepped up.
"Thinking on Wednesday thinking that it was impossible for it to happen, now we're here Friday night to suit up and play– it's definitely great," Garrison said.
Garrison knew how important the game was, especially for seniors. Another teammate, Manny Dodson, said there is another reason they fought to play this game.
"It's a chance to go 3 and 0 which hasn't been done in over like four years in Burlington and to have a loss due to a decision made out of our control would be unfortunate," Dodson said.
No matter the final score, players said they are ready to celebrate homecoming– a win in their book.
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