My journey to advocate for quality schools started with attending an Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) meeting about the chronically struggling John Marshall Community Middle School and High School—a school my daughter, LaMya, will eventually attend.
The history of violence and failing grades overwhelmed me to the point of tears. But rather than be discouraged, I committed to pitching in to make a positive difference in the future of John Marshall and to also get others involved in the mission, as well. I spoke at school board and community meetings, pounded the pavement to gather petition signatures and community support for innovative change in IPS, and even did a couple of television interviews, so that all students, regardless of their ZIP code, have access to a great school.
This past August, the IPS school board and superintendent announced that John Marshall would become a dedicated middle school and that a larger academic transformation is on the way.
In this season of thanks, I am grateful for the opportunity my child has to receive a quality education. And I’m grateful to be a part of an organization where I have become empowered to come together with other parents and community members and create change for the children in our community and state.