At worldly St. Louis school, soccer field is stuff of dreams

ST. LOUIS • It’s been more difficult than it should be for Joe Weis to teach physical education at Nahed Chapman New American Academy.

Not only did he alone teach PE at the school of 400 refugee and immigrant children this year, but the school’s outdoor play area also looks like a dried riverbed. Its aged asphalt is laced with webs of cracks. The sun-bleached, gray ground is uneven and full of valleys, hills and gaping pits of gravel and dirt.

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