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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: TMA Community Pantry

Community Service Ambassadors have been holding monthly “Community Pantry Day” events where they provide fresh produce, toiletries, and bagged lunches.

The next gathering takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Thurgood Marshall Academy in southeast D.C.

‘Take the Shot, Youth Giveaway’

D.C. youth, ages 12-17, who have been vaccinated are eligible to win a $25,000 college scholarship or an iPad with a pair of Beats headphones.

Eight students will be selected as potential winners of the scholarship as participants in the “Take the Shot, Youth D.C. Giveaway,” aimed at getting more D.C. residents protected from further spread of COVID-19.

Thirty-two students will be selected as potential winners of a new iPad and headphones.

A student is eligible to win if they have received at least one of the two required COVID-19 vaccination shots. Once student names are drawn, a District representative will reach out to their family to confirm the student’s vaccination status.

More information on the ‘Take the Shot, DC Youth Vaccine” giveaway can be found on the D.C. website.

Collaborative Poem

A class of seniors recently read an article about learning loss that led to a conversation about how the youth perspective was unaccounted for in the story.

As the students reflected, they jotted down what they wished people knew about them and how the pandemic and virtual learning has impacted their lives.

Their teacher, Karen Lee, subsequently adapted a “Poetry of Defiance” lesson from the Zinn Ed Project, which helped tie student reflections together to create a poem.

Students in the News

A group of students from the D.C. region that included Prince George’s County and Fairfax County recently gathered for Fox 5’s “Good Day DC” show to discuss their return to in-person learning at their respective schools.

Students from Thurgood Marshall Academy in southeast D.C. as well as schools from the surrounding region said they were most excited about seeing their friends again.

For the most part, most of the students participating in the news station interview admitted not being worried too much about their return to school, as it was still too early to gauge how things would go.

Vaccination Program

Thanks to a partnership between the D.C. Health Department and Giant (Food Stores), a D.C. Vaccination Center has been established at Thurgood Marshall to provide free routine and COVID-19 immunizations to children ages three to 18 years old or for D.C. residents as well as those who attend school in D.C.

Immunization appointments are available from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays until the end of September. Please register at vaccinate.dc.gov.

TMA is also now providing space at the front of the campus for a long-term COVID-19 kiosk provided by Curative Inc. that will offer appointments to the community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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