|Howard University freshman Sideeq Heard assists gym teachers in the physical education activity of the day at Elsie Whitelow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, an elementary school in Washington
“The high school needs some help.” Williams said.
The first things she noticed were the metal detectors at the entrances, which immediately created concern, she said. Walking through the halls, she said she saw numerous pregnant students, another bad omen to her.
The surprises, however, did not stop there.
“The honors classes were the smallest,” she said, “about five kids. “The average classes had about 20 enrolled, but only four or five would actually show up.”
After speaking with a few of the students, Williams said she realized that the students were easily discouraged and wouldn’t return to class if they didn’t understand the material. To her, the teaching staff had become frustrated and seemed to have given up on many of the students.
Williams said that the students she met were actually very bright. They just needed an extra push.
“Everyone learns differently,” she said. “They have the passion to learn. They just don’t have anyone to give them extra help.”
This year, there were 20 students participating in ASB in Washington. A small team accompanied Williams to Dunbar every morning. Sideeq Heard, a freshman acting major, was among the group.