DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS MOURNS DEATH OF BELOVED TEACHER
“Mary Rush’s Untimely Death Shocks DCPS Family”

DC Public Schools News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lucy Young (202) 724-4222
Tuesday, May 18, 2004 Weekends/Evenings (202) 727-6161

Washington, DC – District of Columbia Public Schools Interim Superintendent Robert C. Rice, DC
Board of Education President Peggy Cooper Cafritz and members of the Board were saddened to
learn of the untimely death of Mary Rush, a first grade teacher at Watkins Elementary School, 420
12th Street, SE. She taught at Watkins for eight years.

Earlier today, Rush collapsed on the school’s playground and was transported to the hospital, where
she later died. Tomorrow, crisis counselors will be on-site at Watkins and Wilson Senior High School,
where two of Rush’s children are students.


“This is a devastating loss for our students and school system,” said Rice. “Ms. Rush was one of our
most dedicated and loved teachers. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends in this
time of sadness.”


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