Excellent piece by Next City.
““I live now only for my kids. They are my life, they are my life,” Amin tells me, softly crying, in the lobby of the Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, less than a block from her home.
She’s received a lot of support here at the Family Resource Center run by the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA), an offshoot of the very active church. Last year, when Amin left her husband, her children received counseling there. Her daughters — Chams, 9, and Aya, 12 — attend after-school programs that the OCCCDA runs, and resource center staff helped her find a good middle school for Aya.
Earlier generations of Oxford Circle kids went to middle school in the neighborhood at Laura H. Carnell Middle School, associated with Laura H. Carnell Elementary. But several years ago, the middle school building was condemned and the school district, lacking the resources to fix it, shuttered it instead. Now many in the neighborhood ride two public buses 45 minutes to Harding Middle School, one of the lowest-ranked in the city, or attend Woodrow Wilson Middle School, at the northern reach of Oxford Circle, near Northeast High.”
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