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Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

Fixing our downtown schools will be a huge help. Lifelong friendships, shared experiences, and perceptions start there. The city has recently revamped the downtown elementary schools, and there's now good diversity in them because white families with young kids aren't leaving downtown when their kids become school age. The next task - and it's a big one - is creating an academically successful and racially diverse high school with a strong athletics program. When I think back to my high school days, sports and clubs offered a chance to practice, play, travel, develop friendships with, and meet the families of people of different races. We were literally on the same team. There are no options for this to happen downtown today (aside from Buist, which is extremely hard to get I to). This challenge is a critical one to solve to bring Charleston's downtown residents together. Parents can't meet different parents of the downtown school soccer team or tennis team if one doesn't exist.

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Posted by Heather K on September 25, 2016 at 8:27 AM
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