St. Mark’s Support for Anacostia’s Bishop Walker School

Aug 28, 2022

On Wednesday, August 17, Assistant Rector Chris Phillips and Outreach Board members Steve Dalzell, Susan Sedgewick and Julie Murphy visited Building Bridges Across the River and the Bishop Walker School to present checks from St. Mark’s. All of us came away with a sense of appreciation and awe for the work both of these critical organizations are doing east of the Anacostia.

St Mark’s makes annual contributions to Bishop Walker from its outreach budget. As its website describes, “the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys was organized from 2005-2007 as the Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s response to the serious educational challenges facing African American boys in the low-income communities east of the Anacostia River. The school, named in honor of the first African American bishop of the diocese, is a tuition-free independent school rooted in the traditions of Episcopal education, current research on boys’ social and intellectual development, a progressive educational approach, and the educational philosophy of Bishop Walker.”

Our contribution as a parish to Building Bridges came about as a result of funds in excess of the need during our most recent capital campaign. The Vestry asked the Outreach Board to consider how the roughly $15,000 in surplus funds could be expended. Outreach Board member Susan Sedgewick recommended that part of these funds honor Joya Cox, a much-beloved member of our parish who was devoted to music and who recently left the parish a generous financial gift. Building Bridges with its Levine School music program as well as its other arts, educational, food insecurity and youth services was a logical choice.

While touring both facilities, we were able to hear from and present St. Mark’s contributions to Rahsaan Bernard, the President of Building Bridges and Mike Molina, the Head of the Bishop Walker School.

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