FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
November 18, 2017
DeSean Jackson, of the Washington Redskins, took time out from his hectic schedule to participate in a national literacy initiative, National American Education Week, by visiting the students at Trailside Middle School, Ashburn, VA; and, delivering a powerful message of empowerment.
Gayle Jackson, President, of the DeSean Jackson, states that our nation is facing an epidemic crisis in regards to the fact that millions of American children get to 4th grade without learning to read proficiently and that puts them on the high school drop out track; and, in the most severe cases a “pipeline to prison”.
“Trends in the nation’s demographic composition reinforces both the challenges and the necessity for children from low-income families and children of color to read so they can succeed and graduate from school; become contributing members of society; and, in some cases break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.
I can research theories and best practices from the Annie Casey Foundation and Dr. Marion Wright Edelman, of the Children’s Defense Fund, and be well informed; but, at the end of the day I cannot reach or make an impact on the lives of the youth and their families that my son, DeSean, does. DJACC makes reading a ‘cool’ thing to do”, says Gayle Jackson.
DeSean Jackson also took the opportunity to deliver his compelling anti-bullying message to the students by having an open dialogue; and, reading from the latest edition of his book, “No Bullies in the Huddle”, which is a collaboration with Dr. William T. Hoston. [The book is available on Amazon.com.]
Trailside Middle School
20325 Claiborne Parkway
Ashburn VA 20147