With the recent passing of D.C.’s godfather of GoGo, Sharpe Health School remembers more than a vibrant, electric musician and performer. We remember him as a friend to people with disabilities!
Last year on May 12th, 2011, Chuck Brown performed with his daughter at Sharpe Health School, the only public school in D.C. for severely and profoundly disabled students. He arrived early and took time to talk to teachers and pose for pictures but his teeth REALLY gleamed when he saw our population of students entering the auditorium. He brought his talented daughter along and together they sang to our whole school as we rocked and sang along. He autographed a life-size poster board image of himself which sits in our front office and for weeks would scare me as I entered the room thinking someone was standing there.
The music was great, the kids were thrilled, the adults were out of their minds and the only calm one was Chuck. He took a picture with EVERY SINGLE KID in our school and was going to give autographs but I assured him that wasn’t necessary. He really became our hero that day not for his amazing talent and warm and funny personality but for the love he showed these students who would never have otherwise been able to attend his concert. As our students sometimes change their address, I feel great knowing they are up there in heaven partying with Chuck Brown.
Ms. Katherine Pruett
Special Education Teacher
Sharpe Health School