Can you help the teachers move to the new MLK Middle School?

12/16/2013 10:03 AM by

Just over 2 years after initial demolition, the staff at MLK Middle School is preparing to move into the new school building over the winter break. The trappings of each and every classroom must be taken down, carried next door, and be put ready for classes when school starts back up in January.

Gwen Corley Creighton, Director of Richmond Promise Neighborhood, has info on how you can help out:

Richmond Promise Neighborhood would like to pitch in and assist Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School with the move to their new home (next door). The teachers are in GREAT need of assistance to get everything ready before they welcome their students on Monday, January 6, 2014.

The Need

  1. Moving items next door to their new classrooms
  2. Unpacking boxes
  3. Putting up bulletin boards
  4. Helping in the office with coordinating volunteers
  5. Putting together teacher welcome kits

The Days

  • Friday, December 20, 2013 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 23, 2013 anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 3, 2014 anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

How to Sign Up
You can sign up for more than one day, but even one hour of your time will be helpful. Please respond by December 19 at 12:00 noon to Ms. Timmons at (please cc In your email, mention that you were referred by Richmond Promise Neighborhood. Lunch will be provided.

Let’s pull together as a community to help make a smooth transition for students, staff and their families. We hope to see you there!

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A new teacher’s account of his struggles at MLK and his dismay with Richmond Public Schools is detailed today in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

When this school year began, he was teaching sixth-graders at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle in Richmond, just down the hill from where he grew up and not far from where he moved over the summer.

Nearly two decades after his mother refused to let him attend the school, then called Mosby Middle, because she thought it wasn’t good enough for her youngest son, Neal finally made his way in.

He lasted a quarter before letting himself back out. Conditions at the school, he said, were deplorable.

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