Bike to School Day is May 7 – have you registered your school?

BTSD_2inch_ColorHealth and Wellness teams, Safe Routes to School committees, and cycling enthusiasts, have you registered your school for Bike to School Day?

The big day is Wednesday, May 7. Register your school here (for goodies from DC’s Department of Transportation) and plan your event or help plan a joint school event at Lincoln Park!

How can you help? Easy!

  • Reach out to your favorite bike-friendly group or business to solicit healthy breakfast snacks for kids, coffee for adults, reusable bags to distribute goodies at the Lincoln Park pit stop (Vigilante Coffee, Pound, Port City Java, Whole Foods, Georgetown Sports, Medstar Georgetown, DC Water, The Daily Rider, Bicycle Space, and Clif Kids have all supported us in the past)
  • Write a small grant request (from Capitol Hill Community Foundation, who always generously support us) to fund snack purchase and National Parks and Rec permit
  • Bring folding tables to Lincoln Park to set up give aways, snacks
  • Reach out to your favorite bike-friendly group, personality, local celebrity to say a few encouraging words at the event, and to help launch bike trains to school (Gabriella Boston, Capitol Hill Martial Arts & Fitness Academy, Eazy 8/Kathy Pugh, CM Tommy Wells, the Long-Short Walk, National Center for Safe Routes to School, and DC’s Dept of Transportation have supported us in the past)
  • Score useful swag for the kiddos (reflectors, bells, water bottles) to hand out
  • Arrange for local safety groups like MPD, DCFD to participate
  • Coordinate and lead bike trains to your schools
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY – get the word out to your school communities, local media and community groups to make sure they participate, and join in the fun!

Contact us at chpspo at gmail dot com to volunteer.

Brush up on your bike safety skills and sure you and your family attend Kidical Mass DC’s ABCs of Family Biking on May 3, 11-2 @ Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (215 G Street, NE).

National Air and Space Museum Family Day: African American Pioneers in Aviation

African American Pioneers flyer 2014


Please share this with your students and parents!
African American Pioneers in Aviation will celebrate the important contributions made by African American trail blazers in the field of aviation and space exploration. Join us for this free family day program on Saturday February 8th from 10 AM -3 PM.  It will take place at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall.  There will be tons of activities and featured guests!

Summer Cultural Exchange Program for High School Students – Travel around US!

IYLEPExciting opportunity for Washington, DC high school students with the US-Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP). IYLEP provides a fully-funded leadership building and cultural exchange experience to selected students from Iraq and the US.

This summer (2014), 10 American students will participate alongside 31 Iraqi high school students to travel around the US for four weeks in July/August 2014. Activities include leadership trainings, site visits, cultural dialogues with Iraqis, skills workshops. More information is included in the flyer US IYLEP one pager-DC.

The deadline to submit an application is December 15, 2013 and the application can be reached here:


For High School Students: 2014 Youth TechCamps with MyCOE

The Global Connections and Exchange Youth TechCamps : My Community, Our Earth Program (GCE MyCOE) is looking for current high school students in the United States, Bolivia, Panama and South Africa. High school students from each of these countries will be selected to form teams and will collaborate online and in person at one of three rounds of training events to be held in Bolivia, Panama and South Africa. The overarching theme for this program will be Geotechnologies for Climate Change and Environment.  For details, go to

GCE Launch Flyer