Testimonials for Lakewood

What's Good at Lakewood Elementary

The whole point of the Durham Association of Educators’ “What’s Good?” campaign, readers may recall, is to highlight all of the amazing and miraculous things taking place in Durham’s public schools every day, in contrast to the well-coordinated-and-funded narrative that “public schools are failing.” That narrative, of course, is the “air war” component of the strategy to privatize schooling in the U.S. and introduce a profit motive into a part of society that had mostly been off limits to the stock market. The strategy to dismantle our schools is multi-pronged, but is winning largely based on the widespread public acceptance of the “failing” story. Once people believe the narrative, a whole host of problems, from de-funding and under resourcing to “white flight” and the reinforcing of layers of privilege and “choice”, follow. If our schools are failing, after all, why should we send our kids or our money there?

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We love Lakewood!

We love our neighborhood elementary school. It’s been such a rich experience for our kinder and 3rd grader, with the most dedicated and competent teachers around. I’m so grateful to send my kids to Lakewood. Thank you!

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Lakewood First!

In a time of school choice, my family and I started with our neighborhood school, Lakewood Elementary. We toured, we met with the principal, we attended school events (like Walk/Bike to School Day) and at every turn we did not find a school that raised red flags for us. The teachers care for the children, the kids were getting off of the bus happy and excited, and despite low test scores, the school was making growth on those scores year after year, after year.

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Lakewood has a caring staff

Lakewood Elementary School is a sweet, cozy school with a strong tradition of caring for young children. Many kind, dedicated staff support the growth of the students every day. The families of the children at Lakewood are amazing people. They value education and they want the best for the future. I am very proud to call Lakewood my neighborhood school!

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Parent Syboney Moore's story

I am pleased to say, I have nothing but positive stories to share about my experiences and great values of my children’s schools. … Lakewood Elementary is always warm and welcoming; the receptionist always greets you with a smile and goes over and beyond her call of duty. The school always has a clean environment, which I think is very important for the children’s learning ability.

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