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Washington Post: "Guns killed four students at one D.C. school. Their principal is outraged"

Mashea Ashton sat down to type the words no school principal ever wants to say. In just one school year, it was her fourth time.…

NBC 4: "Washington Commanders Support DC school after tragedy-filled year"

As the country looks for solutions to help curb gun violence and keep kids safe, the Washington Commanders stepped up to help a local school…

Fox 5: "After a year of loss, DC charter school to start football program with Commander's donation"

A check from Washington Commanders is helping to start a HS football program at a school that has suffered great losses this school year.

NBC 4: "DC School's First Football Program Dedicated to Teacher Who Died After LAPD Arrest"

A D.C. charter school is on the cusp of starting its first ever football program, thanks to a nonprofit donation dedicated in part to a…

CBS WUSA 9: "Southeast, DC middle school finds hope in tragedy"

Digital Pioneers Academy is launching a football program in memory of two students and one teacher that were killed between October 2022 and January 2023.

NBC Today Show: “Discover Black Heritage: Mashea Ashton"

Today Show hosts Sheinelle Jones and Al Roker recognized Ms. Ashton for founding Digital Pioneers Academy and creating a school where everyone is known, loved,…

Washington Post: Teacher who died after police encounter taught kids words have power

Anderson taught his students that words matter, and now those students have been left hearing some of his last words echoing across the country: ‘They’re…

NBC 4: Academy in DC Developing Next Generation of Digital Innovators

A D.C. school preparing students for high-paying jobs in the computer science field started classes in a new building Tuesday.

Government Technology: Digital Pioneers Academy Prioritizes Digital Equity, Compsci

The Washington, D.C., academy was founded with a focus on computer science education and equitable access to technology, achieving a 50-50 boys-to-girls ratio in computer…


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