Last night J. Crew celebrated "Teach for America Week" by hosting industry leaders and teachers in the Teach for America program with a party at its lower Fifth Avenue store in New York.
In addition to known names like Teen Vogue's Amy Astley, Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse, Frédéric Fekkai and J. Crew's CEO Millard "Mickey" Drexler, the event was populated with young college graduates who have committed to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools through this initiative.
"Everybody knows that one teacher can change your life," said event co-host Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. "There are incredible teachers out there, but a lot of kids don't get to have them and we don't have enough in our poorer communities." She added: "Public education is the key to our country's future. It's the most important long-term issue we're facing."
Drexler, who is a graduate of the New York City public schools, spoke to a class earlier in the week about his experiences. "I told them what I went through – pros and cons – and that life is filled with both," he told StyleList.
"To me, it is always important to work hard." And after inquiries from his students about internships, "I want to work with Teachers for America to create an intern program, because it's so important to see how business works and have a paying job."
Fekkai will address a group of eighth graders today and has had plenty of practice speaking to kids. "I have a 16-year-old, so I speak to my son," he said. "He wants to travel, be an entrepreneur because I'm an entrepreneur...or be a video game designer. He's very savvy."
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