Staff and Volunteers

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St. Thomas More Parish

St. Teresa of Avila Parish

Ballou STAY

Society of the Sacred Heart

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Holy Trinity Parish, Georgetown

Catholic Charities TEN

Trinity College at THEARC

Office of the State Superintendent of  Education 

DC Central Kitchen

Catholic Theological  Seminary

Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Ladies of Peter Claver

The Social Ramble Blues Band

Deaconate Program

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Peter Claver Society, St. Thomas Moore

  • Bob Crittenden

  • Sr. Betsy Hartson RSCJ

  • David Wallace
  • Aisha Monroe

  • Tony Elliott

  • Deborah Wimberly

  • Fred Daily

  • Darah Means

  • Tony Carroll

  • Alice Harris Hall

  • Sam Steelman

  • Robin Blackwood

  • Dorthea Curry

  • Ed Prendergast

  • Sr. Joan Ewing, RSCJ

  • Shellon Phillips

  • Chris Griffin

  • Thea  Barron

  • Jerry Hoskins

  • Frank Keiser

  • Joe Matelis

  • Ray Bullock

  • Margaret Johnson

  • Jennifer Crittenden

  • Clarice Anderson

  • Joyce Mason

  • Declan O’Riordan

  • Regggie Johnson

  • Mollie  and Tom Dodd

  • Sr. Ellen Nelson RSCJ

  • Helen and Jack Lynch

Volunteers Always Needed

  • Tutoring

  • Teaching

  • Presenting Seminars

  • Gardening

  • Painting

  • ETC

Please Call 202-574-3962

Lynn Kearney, volunteer  speaks out

Washington Post

Letters to the Editor 

Opinion

 

Some things haven’t changed in D.C. schools

Reading articles and opinions about absenteeism in D.C. Public Schools tells me that some things haven’t changed [“Don’t lower the bar for Ballou students,” Local Opinions, Feb. 4, and others].

In 1999, when I retired, and for many of my 29 years as a social studies and English teacher at Dunbar High School, the absence rate in my classes, tragically, was about 30 percent. My failure rate was about 30 percent. Administrators would sadly concur: If they weren’t there, they couldn’t pass.

But some of those students who missed 30 percent or even more of the school year did pass. We didn’t have a “credit recovery” program, but many teachers were available before and after school and during the lunch period to work with failing students. Some failing students, when they did appear, would sit most of the day and work in the classrooms of teachers of required courses. We also worked with them after school was officially over but before grades were submitted. 

My requirements for a D or C were to complete 75 percent of the work in my presence, pass the tests and submit major writing assignments, if applicable. Please don’t condemn all of us. And please don’t judge the students. If you want to know more about the pitiful attendance rate, ask a social worker. High school careers are often interrupted by street violence, homelessness, health issues and family responsibilities. Still, in those years, some Dunbar students won scholarships and attended the very finest universities and colleges.

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