Celebrating the England family’s legacy at Bell Multicultural High School

COMMUNITY | Each week, WJLA anchor Leon Harris features a program segment called Harris’ Heroes in which he celebrates the work of people making a difference in our region. His latest, well-deserved distinction goes to Lois and Richard England.

This week’s segment profiled students from D.C.’s Bell Multicultural High School who are going to college with scholarships this fall. The school and its programs have received a tremendous amount of support over the years from the Lois & Richard England Family Foundation.

In the video, Mrs. England speaks about the opportunities being cultivated for the students of Bell Multicultural (WJLA, 6/5):

No question – it’s just a wonderful, wonderful thing to see.

About the England family’s impact on the students’ lives, Bell Multicultural’s principal says,

Without a champion like Mr. England and his family, it would be very hard to meet their dreams.

Related: Leon Harris notes that Mr. England’s legacy lives on through Bell Multicultural, but it also lives in the minds of local philanthropic leaders. Here are some of their memories of him. (Daily, 4/2).

Related: Mr. England was also paid tribute by the Washington Jewish Federation this week, along with local philanthropist Jack Kay.

GIVING | Due to widespread technical difficulties yesterday, Do More 24 has been extended until 11:59pm tonight. At publishing time, the grand total is nearing $1 million. So stop reading, and start donating!

EDUCATION | Opinion: Natalie Hopkinson asks whether the current approach to school reform is creating a bifurcated approach to education, with one track for wealthy, and typically white, students that values creativity and individuality, and one for poor, black students that focuses on compliance. (WaPo, 6/7)

ENVIRONMENT | Besides all the regular kinds of pollution, the Potomac is also increasingly contaminated with things like caffeine and hormones from pharmaceutical products. According to the article, current health regulations don’t require drinking water to be treated for these kinds of contaminants. (WTOP, 6/7) Thirsty?

Related: In 2011 Eric Kessler, head of Arabella Advisors (and now a WRAG Board member) wrote steps we can take to clean up the Potomac. (Daily, April 2011)

EQUITY | The Obama administration has announced a plan called ConnectED, which will provide broadband and wireless Internet access to every school and library in the country. (WaPo, 6/7)

AGING | Report: Virginia among best, Maryland among worst states for retirement (Examiner, 6/7)

TRANSIT | WMATA is testing new fare gate designs. (WaPo, 6/7) The quote at the end pretty much sums up my thoughts on this.

If you’re not into actually reading them, the Seattle Public Library found another great use for books.

– Rebekah