Kuumba Charter School Embraces Wilmington as its Campus
Defying myths about urban people, urban families and how to achieve Charter School success.
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But success is a double-edged sword. Kuumba will start the 2014-15 school year with three other top-notch charters in the new Community Education Building on North French Street. That puts the students in the center of corporate America, where they’ll see their mentors and other professionals going to work at great companies every day, and it gives them all-new resources. It gives teachers access to others for sharing ideas and practices, especially as all students and educators learn how to meet Common Core standards. And it gives more room to grow the student body.
But the move has also raised the fear among some African-Americans in the city, voiced at Wilmington City Council meetings and elsewhere, that Kuumba will forget where it came from, that the kids it was established to serve may eventually get left behind.
Avery says that will never happen.
“We’re grounded,” she says. “We founded the school for a very specific purpose: to give advantages to kids who didn’t have them, advantages that every child deserves.”
“My kids will say, ‘It’s supposed to snow? Can’t you just drop us off at school?’” says Lyons. “They love it. They love the school. They love their teachers.
“I don’t know how they engage those kids,” she laughs. “But it works.”