Help get our kids home safe

Darren Woodruff is chairman of the D.C. Public Charter School Board. Marco Clark is founder and chief executive of Richard Wright Public Charter School.

When you send your kids off to school in the morning, you expect that they’ll return home safely. But for too many D.C. families, the expectation of safe passage isn’t guaranteed.

Since the start of the school year, an average of eight students each month have been the victim of robberies around the District. In a heart-wrenching episode, a high school student was stabbed to death by a fellow student while heading home from school.

No student should have to fear the journey home. That’s why partners across the District are stepping up to prevent further harm to students. Recently, representatives from a variety of educational, civic and government organizations participated in the citywide Man the Block Safe Passage Program.


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