SWNA Education Task Force Scholarship Award Recipient Spotlight

The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) Education and Scholarship Task Force (ESTF) is pleased to spotlight three-time SWNA-ESTF scholarship award recipient Gary T. Hill. Gary is the youngest of four children born to Gary and Lureva Hill, and has been a Southwest resident his entire 21 years of life at The Commons of Town Square. His […]

A Shining Example of SWNA Scholarship Benefits

Tsahai Pettiford is in her final year of a five-year program studying for a bachelor of architecture degree at Philadelphia University in Pennsylvania. She has received two scholarships from the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA). Because the scholarships were able to provide her family and her with some financial relief, she expresses lots of appreciation for […]

Secretary of Education and DCPS Chancellor Visit Jefferson Academy

Photo caption: Chancellor Antwan Wilson, U.S. Secretary of Education Betty DeVos, Principal Dohmann. Photo caption:Martin Welles and Bruce DarConte speak with reporters. Photos by Perry Klein. On Friday, Feb. 10, the new Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS) Antwan Wilson and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited my school, Jefferson Academy. We were the […]

Amidon-Bowen: Still Our Collective Challenge and Opportunity

Around this time last year, I wrote an article in The Southwester advocating for our neighborhood public elementary school, Amidon-Bowen. It was a call to arms, asking neighborhood families to consider enrolling their children in Amidon-Bowen and to counter the status quo of socioeconomic and racial school segregation in our neighborhood, city, and country. I […]

Computer-for-Kids Graduation

Photo caption: Top row (from left): Instructor Gerald Brown, Zamya Davis, Brayona Scurry, Kevion Scurry, Instructor Jenelle Leonard. Bottom row (from left): Dereon West, Destiny Miller, Antonio Hamilton. Photo courtesy of Perry Klein. More than 40 people, all family members and friends of six young students, gathered at the James Creek Resident Council on a recent cold Saturday afternoon. […]