Farley Home residents poured out of their Columbus homes this morning and cheered Marshall Middle School students who celebrated making Average Yearly Progress with a parade.
“The chain is broken,” Principal Melvin Blackwell said of the years the school didn't meet standards. “At long last, we are free.”
Marshall has made AYP for two consecutive years, which means students who transferred from the school won’t be provided free transportation to attend other schools.
To celebrate the school's success, a section of Shepherd Drive was blocked temporarily between Brown Avenue and Murray Street while students took part in a parade. Some wore blue t-shirts which stated “Got AYP” in big gold letters.
Standing on the north side of the street, Teresa Williams stood proudly as her 13-year-old twin sons, Leterius and Latarius Dorsey joined the parade.
“I think it’s good for them to make it,” Williams said.
Williams believes there is still room for improvements. “I think it just could be some stuff to improve on what they are doing.”