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STARVING D.C.PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF THE MIDDLE-CLASS

SCHOOLS are more than just facilities of academic instruction. They are cultural institutions and economic engines, responsible for individual growth and for creating the collective narrative of their communities. Properly leveraged, they also are transformers, enhancing property values while creating business investment hubs.

Many schools bereft of middle-class families suffer slow, agonizing deaths. What’s worse, their surrounding neighborhoods become flaccid, lacking critical muscle to advance a larger vision.

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DC”s Trinity University Profiled

Trinity has a right to be proud of the recent video produced by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Thus far, there has been only positive reaction. (Click the article headline and follow the link)*.

WHAT’S YOUR STORY: A MINI WRITING INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH

This summer Jonetta Rose Barras will lead a four-week writing institute for youth ages 9 through 13. For more information, call Esther Productions, Inc. at 202-829-0591.

Tune out the partisans, it’s the middle that matters

By MARK LEE

It’s no wonder that a record number of Americans now self-identify as independents, estranged from both major political parties at a 43 percent plurality. Nor is it a surprise that a majority of those 35 and younger feel the same way. Identification with the Democratic and Republican parties has dropped to less than a third each of voting-age adults and is barely above one-quarter for either. For Democrats this represents the party’s lowest affiliation share since the 1950s.

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THE GIFT: An Interactive Healing Experience Using the Literary, Performing and Visual Arts

The ultimate intent of this powerful six-hour program produced by Esther Productions and EmpowerTalk is to bring participants closer to self-reconciliation, greater self-appreciation, self-love and forgiveness, diminishing potential violence against themselves and others.

Write to estherproductionsinc@gmail.com for more information