DCSRN is thrilled to announce the recent award of a $20,000 grant from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. This funding will go toward expanding the 2016-17 High Quality Schools Campaign (HQSC), which helps families, particularly from underserved communities, navigate the DC public school choice application process. Thank you to The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation for their continued generosity and belief in DCSRN's work. Donate to DCSRN today to join in their support>>
Rosita McCollum is a clerk at a local bookstore and single mom who lives in Ward 8 with her son Maki, a rising sixth grader. Rosita works 12 hour days with a short window of personal time each morning. After the application deadline and before the lottery results announcement, Rosita’s phone was stolen on her way to work, and for several weeks she was unable to reach or be reached by her parent advocate. Rosita had no access to Internet at home and was unable to view Maki’s lottery results. When she did retain another phone, she had lost all of her contacts including that of her parent advocate. As the enrollment deadline approached, her son Maki was distraught because he feared losing a potential lottery match. Read their full story to learn how their DCSRN parent advocate was instrumental in helping Maki complete enrollment in his top choice school this year.
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