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A press release from local education research and advocacy group DC Voice:

Washington, DC- DC VOICE invites all members of the community to join us for a corner wave celebration and breakfast on Thursday, June 12th to mark the last day of school and issue a call to parents and community members to participate on issues affecting public education. This event will be held at 14th and U Street, NW, from 8 to 9 am. Also making its first appearance will be our new mascot- the DC VOICE ostrich, which symbolizes the need for parents and community members to get their heads out of the sand and become involved in public education.

Ostriches are flightless, run when they are threatened, and bury their heads in the sand. Many feel that the Washington, community has run and hidden enough from their role in improving schools and left the difficult task of reform to the government. But many citizens believe that education reform is not the government’s job alone.

This event will kick off our volunteer efforts for the Campaign for 100 – a 62 day drive to enlist at least 100 partner organizations in the largest community research effort in D.C.’s history: DC VOICE’s 5th Annual Ready Schools Project which begins at the start of the 2008-2009 school year.

To participate in the DC VOICE, last day of school Corner Wave with the DC VOICE Ostrich just stop by 14th and U St. NW on Thursday, June 12th, at 8 am and show your support for public education. “It is time to get our heads out of the sand and engage ourselves in improving D.C. schools collectively” said Jeff Smith, Executive Director for DC VOICE.

For more information about DC VOICE, or to find out how you or your organization can participate in upcoming events, please visit our website at www.dcvoice.org.

Our mission is to inform and mobilize the public to hold both the schools and the community accountable for providing high quality teaching and learning for all.

Contact: Jeff Smith, Executive Director 202-986-8535 jsmith@dcvoice.org