Verna Laboy, founding board member with a passion for family, community, education. An active parent in her children’s education as they grew up attending Columbia Public Schools. Observed same troubling issues with her grandchildren that she experienced with her children. Worley St Roundtable was birthed around her dining room table & community Sunday dinners. Addressing educational disparities in our system with strategies for successful education of all our children. Supported school system in developing a grow our own teachers of color program. WSR launched a Teachers of Hope & Promise program celebrating teachers chosen by the students of every middle school & high school in the district. Addressing the school to prison pipeline for our students of color is top priority. The data shows students of color experience discipline & expulsions at a disproportionate rate. We are a volunteer community organization on a mission to support our communities families in thriving and experiencing success in our public educational system.