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April 24th, 2017

Leo Manzano was born in Mexico, grew up in Texas and ran as a U.S. Olympian in both Beijing and London. He’s been the first to cross all sorts of finish lines: track, school, citizenship. And Monday morning a career best described as long-running that began with no clear destination in mind brought him to Carver … Read more »


April 21st, 2017

The RAILS Academy is the 9th grade branch of Lincoln High School, but Thursday the frosh blazed a trail for the upperclassmen when more than 500 of them signed up for the school’s first (annual?) Day of Service. Here’s a sampling of some of the agencies and institutions that benefited from the outpouring of volunteer spirit: … Read more »


April 20th, 2017

Six years ago DMPS teachers Kristopher Rollins and Emily Lang took a summer trip to the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in San Francisco. It was an exploratory mission. It laid groundwork. The next year a DMPS team went with them. Since then the local student-poets borne of their vision have become a … Read more »


April 20th, 2017

There was none to be had from the usual source so Oak Park Elementary School brought its own sunshine to the Northside this morning. Taking turns by grade level they “sprinkled happiness” throughout their neighborhood by waving signs of affirmation and encouragement to passing traffic. “You Are Delightful,” read one. “Go Ahead and Shine” “Sure … Read more »


April 20th, 2017

Contributed by Brother2Brother African American boys are falling behind in almost every measure compared to other ethnic groups. In 2009, a Brother2Brother (B2B) chapter was established in the Des Moines Public Schools to address educational barriers experienced by male students of color and to empower these students to set higher standards of achievement while fostering … Read more »