D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: TMA Volunteers at Work

Volunteers are at the heart of work at Thurgood Marshall Academy, where more than 200 caring adults invest their time and resources with students after school and on weekends to give them a positive support system.

For example, one such adult, Shelton, has mentored 12th grader Barry for three years.

“I love the bond we’ve developed,” Shelton said. “Barry feels comfortable speaking to me about anything, and I can tell he appreciates my advice and input.”

Anacostia, Ballou Student Programming Transformation

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced the transformation of Anacostia and Ballou high schools for more educational opportunities for students.

Bowser’s Dec. 13 announcement follows a community-based and research-driven school redesign process, in which both schools have been engaged since April.

The transformation includes a nearly $3 million investment from the DC Public Education Fund.

“I am proud of the Ballou and Anacostia communities for embracing the challenge of reimagining the high school experience to best meet the needs of students and families,” Bowser said. “Together, we can and we will continue to rethink how our schools can take on inequity and prepare students for success, not just in school, but in life.”

Ward 2 Child Care Provider

The Thaddeus Stevens Early Learning Center has been earmarked as the infant and toddler care provider in Ward 2, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Dec. 13.

The center is touted as a community organization with a long history of providing high-quality comprehensive services to young children and families lacking in such opportunities.

The Bowser administration is transforming the former Stevens School into a DCPS early learning center with pre-K3 and pre-K4 classes, as well as a child care center for infants and toddlers up to age 3.

“It is particularly rewarding that with this first learning center, we are returning Stevens School to the community as a facility serving our youngest learners,” Bowser said. “Demand has grown for high-quality childcare and early education opportunities, and through this partnership with Bright Beginnings and many others, that is exactly what we are delivering across all eight wards.”

Student Author

TMA senior Jesse Holmes has authored his second children’s book through Reach Inc., “Georgia in the Jungle.”

The book details Georgia having a hard time. A really hard time, as her best friend, Sienna, has died. She’s shutting down in school, ignoring texts from her friends, and won’t even eat her chicken Alfredo (her favorite!) for dinner.

Her mother knows she’s hurting and takes her to an overnight at the zoo to cheer her up.

That night, the zoo animals visit her in a dream and talk to her about their experience with loss. Can these thoughtful animals help Georgia open up about her grief and start to find a path forward?

TMA Senior Talks Impeachment

“I feel like, just like how we learned about the Clinton scandals, the Watergate and stuff like that … this is history now. So, this is going to be in somebody’s textbook. So, I feel like, because I’m here right now I’m more educated on it. I feel like everybody should learn, even if they are not experiencing this, other countries should be learning about this, too.” — Courtney Mercer Brown

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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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