First Lady Signals Hope for Anacostia

July 15, 2010  |  

(Washington Informer) — Recently, I had the honor of welcoming First Lady Michelle Obama to the graduation commencement at the Academies at Anacostia. Formerly Anacostia Senior High, the school was known for dismal academic performance, violence and absenteeism.

Now change has come to this school through a new partnership between Friendship Public Charter School and D.C. Public Schools. The First Lady’s visit signals that even those in Washington’s highest places have noticed that a page has been turned at this long-troubled high school. Her moving speech showed how clearly she understands the many challenges class of 2010 graduates face and, just as clearly, she believes in them.

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