Yet, up until two years ago, we were resigned to enrolling our child in private school. By last fall, a decade of work by our energetic and community-minded neighbors gave us the option of sending our child to a school a 10-minute walk from our front door — and that's at a 6-year-old's rambling, distracted pace. Her first grade class has 21 students. She has classes in art, music and technology. Every kid at the school receives a free lunch, regardless of need, a compassionate decision that, along with uniforms, helps to mask socioeconomic inequities.