Hunts Point approximately covers 2.1 square miles of the South Bronx . In addition to 11,000 families, this small area is home to the Hunts Point Cooperative Market , the new Fulton Fish Market, the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, 18 waste transfer stations, 40% of New York City’s sewage, 100% of the Bronx’s waste, a sewage treatment plant, a sewage pelletizing plant, 4 electrical power plants, more than 60,000 trucks per week and a few schools sprinkled in between. A major health concern in Hunts Point is the number of children diagnosed with asthma. Though the Hunts Point community faces many inequities, I focus on the issue of poor air quality. "Raising the Point!" is a unique grassroots effort to support Hunts Point’s mission in revitalizing the community. As a professor of education, I would like to use this film to illustrate the intersections beween health and education. In my experience, educational discourse typically focuses it’s critique on educational improvements inside of the classroom. However, there are critical factors that affect a student’s educational experience before they even walk through the school’s door. Since the majority of school absenteeism is related to asthma, giving a student an enriching educational experience in a community overcome by heavy truck idling is an injustice that requires action.

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