Man the Block Safe Passage Initiative Helps Kids in D.C. Stay Safe

Dr. Marco Clark is focused on keeping kids in the district safe. “We think about all of the hard work that our kids are trying to do in the classroom. I think it’s right for us to make sure that they can get home safe,” he told The Joe Clair Morning Show on May 11.

Clark is the founder, CEO and head of the Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts in Southeast D.C., which opened its doors in 2011. The school is open six days a week and serves as a haven for kids, with sports programs, extracurricular activities and faculty available long after normal school hours.

Knowing the importance of connecting communities with schools to create secure environments for kids to learn, Clark launched the Man the Block Safe Passage Initiative. The program’s goal is to help kids get to and from school safely with the help of staff, parents and volunteers who escort students to metro and bus stops each day.

“We’re gonna make sure kids in the district are safe,” the founder told the Joe Clair Morning Show, citing violence on the streets as cause for concern.

The initiative has expanded over the years to include five public charter schools in the district, and Clark is calling on more people in the community to volunteer. “All we need is time,” he said–volunteers only need to commit to about an hour each school day.

The Richard Wright Public Charter School hopes to have a thousand volunteers on Monday, May 16. Prospective volunteers can visit the registration table at the school, at 770 M Street SE, at 3:30 p.m. on Monday to sign up.

There will also be a black tie gala to fund raise for the school on June 11 at the Warner Theatre on June 11. For more information, visit the event page or call (202) 388-1011.

Listen to both parts of Dr. Marco Clark’s interview on The Joe Clair Morning Show below.

Dr. Marco Clark and Joe Clair

Dr. Marco Clark and Joe Clair

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