Tomorrow morning, DC Councilmember Biddle will take a tour of Amidon-Bowen Elementary. Below is the press release announcing the upcoming visit:
Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (401 I Street SW) is hosting At-Large Councilmember Sekou Biddle for a tour of the complex on Monday, April 4 at 9:30 am. Councilmember Biddle promised at a Southwest community meeting that he would visit Amidon-Bowen to learn about its potential to once again become a world-class school.
Located in Southwest DC, Amidon-Bowen offers grades PK through 5th. 100% of the student body has Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) status. One in four students is performing on grade level. The waterfront area surrounding the school is slated for massive investment and families in Southwest DC want to have the choice to send their children to a neighborhood school.“Strong community support will help Amidon-Bowen provide high quality education to all neighborhood children” said Eve Brooks, Convener of Near SE/SW Parents and Neighbors for Education Excellence Now!, SW resident, and children’s policy advocate. “Councilmember Biddle’s visit demonstrates the increasing interest in making radical upgrades to the school program.”
“I am impressed with Principal Knight and her vision for the school,” said Martin Welles, an attorney, SW resident and father of three pre-school children. Mr. Welles will send his twins to Amidon-Bowen this fall. “The facility is surprisingly large and has great potential. I am looking forward to creating a rigorous program that builds a foundation for advanced learning.” \
“The ripple effect of improvements at Amidon-Bowen will be immense – better life chances for an at-risk population, a strengthened Jefferson Middle School, and more. Amidon-Bowen is surrounded by world-class resources and massive redevelopment that uniquely position it to emerge as a great school,” said Daniel Holt, SW resident, Brent Elementary School PTA President, and father of three children.
The Near SE/SW Parents and Neighbors for Education Excellence Now! is a group of parents, advocates and community leaders seeking to improve educational opportunities for families.