"Next" Magazine Vol. 3 Fall 2016 - Page 9

College of Education steps in to help Williams Wells Brown Elementary W STORY AND PHOTOS BY AMANDA NELSON hen state test results arrived in 2014, it was a blow to the staff, students and families at William Wells Brown Elementary in Lexington. It was the lowest-ranked elementary in Kentucky. Nobody wanted to see this happen again, so a community formed around the school and began to rally. Entrenched in poverty, 98 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch at William Wells Brown. But school officials do not allow such challenges to become barriers to success. “We had to pick ourselves up, stay positive and stay focused on the kids and what we needed to do for them,” principal Jay Jones recently told the