This year, the bug to watch out for is the spotted lanternfly, a stunning polka-dotted menace that feasts on the interior plant sap of grape vines, fruit trees and more.
With school shootings at the forefront of the national conversation–and a nationwide school walkout planned for Wednesday–students in urban areas in our region point out that for many, gun violence is all too common in their neighborhoods and schools. And they rarely see the kind of media attention or galvanizing action seen in the wake of the Parkland shooting. “I feel like it’s also important in D.C. for people to know about the gun violence here,” Ramsey Williams, a senior who has lost four friends to gunfire, told The Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak. “Now that people are talking about what happened in Florida, we’re thinking: ‘We feel like that all the time.’” We discuss the challenge of bringing attention to the dangers some local students face on a near-daily basis ahead of a townhall conversation on the topic that Kojo will host on March 20th.
- Petula Dvorak Columnist, The Washington Post; @petulad
EVENT: Marching for Our D.C. Lives:
Marching For Our D.C. Lives: A conversation about school and student safety in our city of Washington, D.C.
Join Kojo Nnamdi of WAMU 88.5 FM for a live discussion about what safety looks like at your school, and what can be done to keep students safe before, during, and after school. Jointly hosted by WAMU 88.5 FM and DC Prep, the discussion will be recorded and aired two days later on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.
When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Where: DC Prep’s Benning Elementary School at 100 41st St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20019
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