Avildsen “Lean On Me”

Avildsen “Lean On Me”

Director: John G. Avildsen
Synopsis: In 1987, the once successful Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, has deteriorated due to drugs and poverty. The majority of students cannot pass basic skills testing and not even teachers are safe from gang violence. Mayor Bottman learns that the school will be turned over to state administration if 75% of the students cannot pass the minimum basic skills test. He consults school superintendent Dr. Frank Napier, who suggests the school hire elementary school principal Joe Clark, aka "Crazy Joe", who was a teacher at Eastside High, as the new principal. The mayor is reluctant at first, but Clark is hired.
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Event Hours(1)

  • Avalon Theatre

    01:45 pm - 03:45 pm

    Inspirational true story.
    A once successful high school has deteriorated due to drugs and poverty. A former teacher is hired to fix it as principal.


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