AFL-CIO Adopt-a-School Program Awards Detroit School with a $5,000 Grant

Today AFSA President Diann Woodard attended an award ceremony at Western International High School in Detroit where she once served as an assistant principal. As part of the AFSA endorsed Adopt-a-School program, the high school received a $5,000 grant.

AFSA’s GEB voted to support the AFL-CIO Adopt-a-School Program in April 2013, which awards one-time grants of $5,000 to 20 public schools covering four regions of the country in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

“Education is freedom and understanding the history of both worker and labor rights is essential for the students who are our future leaders and decision makers,” said Woodard.

Winners for each region and category were selected collaboratively by AFSA, AFSCME and AFT. To qualify for this award schools committed to having a labor activist or union member engage in conversations with students at least once a year for a four year period to discuss worker and civil rights.

Below is a full list of schools receiving an award through the Adopt-a-School Program:

Midwestern schools
William Penn Elementary School, Chicago
Adams Elementary School, Wichita, Kan.
Western International High School, Detroit
Woodward Career Technical High School, Cincinnati
Northeastern schools
Edmondson-Westside High School, Baltimore
Miller Street Elementary School, Newark, N.J.
Curtis High School, New York City
Warren G. Harding Middle School, Philadelphia
Anne Beers Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
Southern schools
Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Miami
Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School, Atlanta
Foster Traditional Elementary, Louisville, Ky.
Singleton Charter School (PK-8), New Orleans
Chrysalis Alternative High School, Taos, N.M.
Phillis Wheatley Middle School, San Antonio
Ridgemont Elementary School, Fort Bend, Texas
Western schools
Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, Los Angeles
Dorsey High School, Los Angeles
Sitton Elementary School, Portland, Ore.
Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start, Clackamas County, Ore.
Memorial Preparatory for Scholars and Athletes, San Diego