As schools compete for a declining number of students, some bring the good news directly, along with balloons, marching bands and paw-shakes from mascots
EVANSTON, Ill.—Two men and a bulldog showed up unannounced at Caitlin Strickland’s after-school job on a Friday afternoon. One held a video camera. The other held a leash attached to the burly dog with a pronounced underbite.
Ms. Strickland’s supervisor at an after-school program for younger students asked her to step outside. Apprehension spread across her face as she wondered if she had done anything wrong. Then the man holding the leash spoke.