With pajama storytime, the bessie brahnam park and playground, numerous playgroups and opportunities for community interaction, the schools are experiencing a wonderful resurgence. As gentrfification and revitalization have continued, the schools are now increasingly diverse and Toomer Elementary School in Kirkwood had among the best test scores in the city for the 2006 school year. With the inlusion of the first Mandarin Chinese program in a georgia public school and inclusion in the Grady Highschool cluster, I feel that the future is indeed very bright for Toomer. My youngest son Ethan began Pre-K there this year and I could not have asked for a better expreince.
Toomer has an active PTA, a school coalition and incredible support from the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization.
You are the Ramiro Garcia of Kirkwood, although, and I gotta meet this guy, Ramiro is like the professor of Intown schools.
Ramiro - make sure that you invite us to your first open house on the new construction property in Kirkwood!
I really hope this is an isolated incident. Also, being in a public park there's no telling all un-supervised kids are in the neighborhood schools. I tend to be an optimist, especially when it comes to children, but always having a safe learning environment - of course.
That's why I asked the question. I'm aware of famiies from Edewood and Kirkwood whom are at the Grant Park Charter Schools (and they're very involved), but at some point each neighborhood has to demand better public services - be schools, education, parks, etc. Even if money is an issue, there is no guarantee of getting into the top private schools. Should be interesting how this develops from a greater community standpoint.
Having real grass-roots input and support are paramount, in my opinion. Look a how the Midtown Neighborhood has not been completely satisfied with the current APS schools, Morninside and Inman ... (not these are not good schools, just that dealing with the APS beauracracy can be stiffling!), so they are serious in their efforts to open a K-8 Charter School in Midtown... The current proposal is an affiliated Imagine School like the Imagine Wesley on Custer South of Grant Park.
My 27 day old daughter is compelling me to think about scholastic endeavours and matriculation, so, I shall let you know more as I develop a better sense of things.
I do know that my great friends who have a child at Paidea and I walked to the Bessie Branham Park on Sunday. They brought their 7 year old boy and their 4 year old daughter, and their dogs.
The children went to play on the playground and we kept to our adult selves with the dogs - a teacher from Paidea was at the playground with his children, so they knew that their mature children were OK.
A young boy, younger than 10, walked up to the 7 year old at the playground - he was wearing a halloween-type mask, sealed up tight inside his hooded sweatshirt. He told the 7 year old that he was going to kill him.
The Paidea teacher saw that the 7 year old was frightened and he asked the other boy if his parents knew that he scared younger children on the playground. The older boy talked back, acted as if he knew that he did no wrong and told the 7 year old that he knew where he lived.
This story reinforces why lots of parents keep their children out of government schools, especially in Kirkwood.
I shall keep an open mind and maintain a circumspect composure in approaching Toomer Elementary.