For years, J.C. Nalle Elementary has been the District’s sole community school, partnering with a nonprofit and private corporation to serve not only the children who walk its halls, but also adults in the area in need of food or job assistance or simply a sympathetic ear.
May 11, 2012 Octavais Brown plays ball with her sons Kaedun Brown-Weaver, 8, left, and Jubei Brown-Weaver, 7, and Marcellous Kosh-Manning, while supervising fifth-graders at the boys’ school, J.C. Nalle Elementary. When Brown first moved to the area, she was a welfare recipient receiving public housing assistance. Now, with help from the school, she has her college degree and a part-time job as a teaching assistant. Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post Buy Photo