[The Washington Post] For six years, their parents had nagged and prodded and pressed them to perform.

Now this group of African American seniors in Loudoun County were marking the end of high school with a private ceremony organized by their parents, who had banded together back in middle school to make sure their sons made it successfully to graduation day.

For the last six years, we’ve told you to do more, do better. We’re never satisfied, right?” said John Johnson, an Ashburn father addressing the 18 students in dress shirts and suit jackets in the auditorium at Lunsford Middle School in South Riding.

“Well, tonight,” he declared, “we are satisfied.”

Michael Alison Chandler shares the story of Club 2012, a group of Virginia parents who encouraged their children academically.

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