Stokes School in the News
Feeding Pro Athletes, Cooking for Kids: A Restaurant Isn’t The Only Place for a Chef
October 17, 2018
When students at Elsie Whitlow Stokes stream into the cafeteria this Thursday, they’ll get trays with sesame noodle salad, a hard boiled egg, roasted greens and red peppers, a peach cup, and milk. The Brookland charter school only serves meals cooked on the premises. “A select few schools do scratch cooking,” says head chef Chris Headecker. “[Other schools] don’t have a kitchen in the building. They might just have warming stations or kitchenette space because they outsource their food.”
Jenna Bush Surprises Mr. Bobby and Stokes School on the Today Show
November 19, 2018
Jenna Bush Hager headed to Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington D.C., where she used to teach. Jenna surprised her mentor, Mr. Bobby, with $5,000 courtesy of Clorox. The Clorox donation also included a school-wide supply of disinfecting wipes for each classroom. Click here to watch the surprise.
Dual language charter schools attract the longest waiting lists in D.C.
Washington Post, April 17, 2018
By: Perry Stein
Elsie Whitlow Stokes school, a Northeast Washington preschool and elementary charter that teaches classes in two languages, has the longest waiting list of any D.C. charter school, with 1,827 students still hoping to land a slot.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board released waitlist data Tuesday for the 2018-2019 academic year. The data shows that dual language and Montessori-style schools are in high demand. Six of the 10 schools with the longest waiting lists, including Mundo Verde Bilingual and DC Bilingual, are known as dual language schools.
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National School Walkout/March for Our Lives
On March 14th, more than 2500 schools across the country participated in the National School Walkout to protest gun violence. Each school determined for themselves how best to participate; some students marched with signs, many held a moment of silence while others had discussions about what could be done. Looking for an age-appropriate way for our own scholars to take action, Stokes students held a “Peace Chalking” that encouraged conversation between students, faculty, and parents about non-violence.
Nine days later, Stokes School hosted a breakfast for the first students arriving for the March for Our Lives. The students, chosen by the Urban League of Broward County for their academic leadership at schools affected by chronic gun violence, were welcomed by Stokes Executive Director, Erika Bryant, and a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, Aalayah Eastmond. Aalayah’s survival is nothing short of a miracle however we recommend against sharing the details with your scholar.
After freshening up and eating breakfast, the students joined Stokes staff for a short rally before traveling to Capitol Hill where the participated in a leadership forum with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Rock the Vote.
Reporters from ABC, NBC, Fox, and two French media outlets attended the breakfast. You can see some of the media coverage from at the links below.
Fourth Grade Featured on WTOP
On Tuesday, October 24, our fourth grade classes went to the Thompson Boat Center for a Voyageur Canoe trip on the Potomac River. The field trip which was sponsored by the National Park Trust is the kickoff event which gives all fourth graders in the United States free access to National Parks. Click here to read about it on WTOP.