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DC Schools Closed Wednesday

PIO for DC Public Schools says all DC Schools will be closed today, Wednesday August 24th. School Staff should not report, while staff assigned to administrative duties should report on time. Custodians should remain on standby.

Woodrow Wilson SHS Back in Business

Woodrow Wilson SHS Back in Business

Woodrow Wilson Senior High School reopened its doors to the public yesterday, August 18, after a two year $124 million modernization project. The ribbon was cut at 11:30am and people were finally allowed to take a look at the new world of Wilson. As a graduate from the class of 2004, I was in utter shock. It's hard to believe that when I was in high school, the walls of the swimming pool at Wilson collapsed and were not fixed until years later when the renovation of the Wilson Aquatic center began shortly before modernization for the rest of the building. At the old Wilson, the gym made peoples skin look yellow because of terrible florescent lighting. In most classrooms, the paint was peeling off the walls. In my English class, students had peeled the paint into a shape resembling Africa. It was normal for a desk to be covered in graffiti or be broken. I don't even want to talk about the bathrooms. Now, all of this has changed. 

How Far Would You Travel For Your Food?

Do you ever wonder what Wonder Bread is really made of, or how many miles that head of lettuce has traveled? There's nothing like fresh, whole, organic foods to maintain your health and well-being. Farm-fresh produce and meats go directly from the source to your table, leaving little time for nutrients and it's natural vibration to be lost. Many foods at your supermarket have been picked or slaughtered weeks or even months before they make it onto the shelf. Most of these items are preserved by nitrogen or other artificial means, making them appear fresh. Moreover, foods treated with pesticides and artificial fertilizers have lower nutritional value than foods growing organically.

Take care of your local producer. Visit your local farmers market, support and join your local CSA. The money you spend on your food speaks louder than you can ever imagine, spend it wisely.

 

Veterans Group, UDC To Announce Funding for Veterans

 

This notice comes to us from Brigitte Yarborough:

DCPS Chancellor Confirmation Hearing Solicits Public Input

 

This story comes to us from Karen Sibert:

Mr. Mitchell and Me

Mr. Mitchell and Me

If you’ve lived in the D.C. area for a while, you’ve probably heard of DeMatha, the Catholic boys’ school in Hyattsville, Maryland. And if you have heard of DeMatha, odds are that it’s because of the school’s nationally renowned athletics program, which has boasted such names as legendary basketball coach Morgan Wootten, basketball Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley, NFL Pro Bowler Brian Westbrook, and NFL broadcaster James Brown, to name just a few. To most with a passing familiarity with the school, DeMatha is synonymous with sports. When I told people that I attended DeMatha, I was frequently asked “What sport do you play?” My response of “I don’t play a sport,” was always met by befuddlement and a perfunctory “Then why do you go to DeMatha?”

Let me tell you.

Mayor Gray Announces Launch Of Truancy-Reduction Program

 

This story comes to us from Robert Marus:

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright announced the launch of a coordinated, multi-agency effort to reduce truancy among students in the District’s public schools.