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. […]

Reading Is Fundamental Celebrates 50 Years of Inspiring Children to Read

Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization, celebrated its 50th anniversary of inspiring children to read, learn, and grow by hosting a virtual birthday party at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington, DC. Award-winning singer and actress Jordin Sparks; passionate advocate, actor, and musician Tray Chaney; and notable children’s author Tara Lazar joined […]