Not Losers, Winners
Inspirational book written by local resident
If you met Fairfielder Marvin Findling, you’d be immediately struck by his warm and caring demeanor. Years ago, Findling joined the faculty of Bryant High School in Queens where he was put in charge of the students in the Retail Work Program.
“These kids were classified as losers and were exiled from regular classes for disruptive, undisciplined behavior,” he explains. Nobody thought they would ever succeed. Findling set out to prove everyone wrong, and his experience turning around these students is the subject of his nonfiction book From Losers to Winners, available on Amazon.
The results were phenomenal, with 100 percent of students enrolled in the program graduating from high school, and 90 percent going on to college. The program allowed students that were facing expulsion to take several basic classes taught by teachers selected for ability to control students. When students improved in attendance, grades, and relationships with teachers, they were offered part time employment with companies in Manhattan and Queens. These jobs allowed the students to develop their interpersonal skills and better understand the world around them.
Bryant High School no longer offers the Retail Work Program, but its legacy survives in the school itself, which has remained open in spite of setbacks.