AFSA Member’s School Awarded $5,000 Grant Through AFL-CIO Adopt-A-School Program

On November 8, the American Federation of Teachers presented Gwendolyn Payton, principal of Anne Beers Elementary School and member of AFSA Local 4, the Council of School Officers in Washington, D.C., a $5000 award made possible by the AFL-CIO Adopt-A-School program.

The program is designed to award 20 public schools across the nation a one-time grant of $5000 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. AFSA’s GEB voted to support the program in April 2013.


Photo courtesy of the AFL-CIO and AFT

“The funds will be used to instruct our students on the importance of labor unions and how labor unions have supported civil rights,” Payton said. “Most of the staff here are members of unions and/or have family members who are union workers. We view this as an honor to have been selected to provide our students with this extra opportunity to learn about the world around them.”

AFSA, AFT and AFSCME selected winners collaboratively. To qualify, 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

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