Testimony of Carys Gill
Student, J.O. Wilson Elementary
to the DC Council Committee on Education
April 14, 2016
For more information: iris007gill (at) gmail (dot) com.
Good evening Council Members.
My name is Carys Gill and I am in Ms. Gruse’s second grade-class at J.O. Wilson Elementary School.
I am proud to be here today to represent my school, my community, and my classmates.
I hope you will support J.O. Wilson Elementary School and I hope you will come to visit us.
You can see our awesome school garden— we even got chickens last week.
You can meet our cool teachers.
And you can see what a great place it is to learn.
We are a growing school that is doing well. But our school building isn’t as good as it should be.
Kids have to wait in long lines for lunch, which means we run out of time to play outside.
Kids have been hurt by the building when sinks fall off the bathroom walls.
And Kids have to take indoor recess in classrooms or hallways because we don’t have a gym.
I love my school. But right now, not everyone who wants to be a Cardinal, can be one. If kids are in wheelchairs or need help to get around, they have to go to a different school— one that has an elevator or ramps. That’s just not right!
We want our school to be a place for everyone and we want to welcome anybody who wants to come.
In our school pledge we say,
“I will act in such a way that I will be proud of myself and others will
be proud of me too. I came to school to learn and I will learn. I will
have a great day.”