We continue our summer series of "Correspondent Favorites" with Byron Pitts' choice, "The SEED School," a story about the first urban public boarding school in the country.
This innovative school gives poor, inner city students a great education in a strict and supportive environment, 24 hours a day. "There's boarding schools for rich kids; why aren't there boarding schools for poor kids?" says the school's co-founder.
Byron was there at the school's suspenseful admissions lottery - where more than 200 students were vying for a small number of spots in this top-notch program. When one mother heard her son's name called, she told Byron, "I didn't hear anything but joy."
In putting the story together, Byron, producer Ruth Streeter, and the camera crew all but became students at the school - they were there when the kids got up at 6 a.m., and they were there at lights out. And they were there when the kids spoke so compellingly about how they felt this school had already changed their lives.