Seven people focused their eyes on the door of a Hartley Street home, waiting to see if someone would respond to an enthusiastic knock.
They got lucky this time. A woman, clearly shocked at the unexpected audience, peeked outside.
Tamara Willis, an assistant superintendent for the York City School District, broke the ice: "You're important!"
Like a well-seasoned salesman, Willis went for the pitch, telling the woman her kids should return to York City schools. Behavioral issues are being handled differently. Overcrowding is no longer a problem in classrooms, she said.
"It's a new day," Willis told the woman. "It's not business as usual."
On a Wednesday morning, with gray clouds threatening, two York City teachers, an administrative assistant, the district's security director, a parent, a 9-year-old student and Willis ventured into the neighborhoods surrounding McKinley Elementary to woo the parents of children enrolled in charter schools.