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The project logo Community Feedback for Proposed Name Change of Maude E. Aiton Elementary School

The project logo Community Feedback for Proposed Name Change of Maude E. Aiton Elementary School

In spring 2019, B23-0263 – the “Lorraine H. Whitlock Elementary School Designation Act of 2019”, was introduced by Councilmembers Vincent Gray, Anita Bonds, and Elissa Silverman, and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Charles Allen and David Grosso. The bill seeks to designate the school located at 533 48th Place NE, now known as Maude E. Aiton Elementary School, to Lorraine H. Whitlock Elementary School.

Maude E. Aiton was a kindergarten teacher in DC schools before becoming the Principal of the Americanization School in the District of Columbia from its opening in 1918 until her retirement in 1945. She also served as President of the DC Grade School Teachers Union and was President of the National Education Association (NEA) Department of Adult Education.

Lorraine H. Whitlock was a Ward 7 resident, a native Washingtonian and an alumnus of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. In her career as an educator in the District of Columbia, she served as a teacher at Charles Young Elementary School, Leader of the Spingarn Instructional Unit, and Trustee at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). She was also a longtime civic activist who was particularly involved in the Deanwood and Northeast Boundary neighborhoods of Ward7, where she resided for over 60 years. She served as President of the Deanwood Gardens Alliance, was a leader in the Far Northeast/Southeast Council, and was deeply involved in her local ANC. Mrs. Whitlock lived directly across the street from Aiton Elementary School during most of her adult life and was deeply involved with the Aiton community until her passing in 2003.

It should be noted that the desire to change the name of Maude E. Aiton Elementary School is not meant as any reflection on the legacy of Maude E. Aiton, but rather to honor Lorraine H. Whitlock’s contributions to the District of Columbia and Ward 7.

Please complete the brief form below, which is being administered in an effort to gather community sentiment on the potential name change.

1. I identify as: (Please check all that apply)
Aiton Parent
Aiton Staff
Community Member
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2. Are you in favor changing the name of Aiton Elementary School to Lorraine H. Whitlock Elementary School?
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3. If you would like the name to be changed, but not to Whitlock Elementary School, what name would you prefer?
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4. Additional comments:
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5. Optional Contact Information
6. Select the ward you are representing.