Young Readers: Why Should Dogs Have All the Fun?      

By Kitty Felde There’s nothing like sharing a book with a friend. Especially if that friend has a tail and a lot of fur. Dogs are non-judgmental. They don’t criticize mispronounced words or sentences that take forever to finish. They just listen. Read-to-dog events have become part of regular programming around the country, including events at both […]

Increased Calls for Traffic Safety Improvements near Amidon-Bowen Elementary School

Parents offer specific suggestions to DDOT to enhance child safety By Mike Goodman In August, the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) released a revised plan to install protected bike lanes on the portion of I (Eye) St., SW between South Capitol St. and 7th St., SW. Child safety advocates praised improvements to the plan, as […]

Young Readers: More Binge, Less Complaints

By Kitty Felde “It’s not that kids don’t like to read. It’s that they don’t like feeling like they’re forced to read.” That’s Eric Berman’s mantra.  Berman is Teen Services Coordinator for the Alameda County Library in California. He says the key is getting reluctant readers hooked on something.  Anything works, he says – comic books, graphic […]

Richard Wright Student Serves as Voice for DC Students on State Board of Education

BY CHINA JONES-BURGESS, 11TH GRADE, RICHARD WRIGHT PCS Aa Student Representative on the DC State Board of Education, China Jones-Burgess, a junior at Richard Wright Public Charter School in Southwest, has already begun working with her DC peers to listen to concerns and requests. Jones- Burgess began her journey in advocacy three years ago serving […]

Local Scholarship Fund Has Record-Breaking Year

By Wilma Goldstein The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s (SWNA) Education and Scholarship Task Force (ESTF) held its 49th annual awards ceremony and gave out college scholarships to 32 recipients, all of whom either live in zip code 20024 or attend Richard Wright Public Charter School, which is now located in 20024. For the first time since […]