Support Children Living at DC General’s Homeless Shelter‏

10295549_710102709028232_4106679170363888880_o (1)​There are hundreds of children living at the DC General’s Homeless Shelter, and many of them attend schools on Capitol Hill.  The Playtime Project has organized a Back-to-School Drive to provide support for these children as they start the school year.  As you shop for school supplies and clothes for your children, please consider purchasing extras to donate to this Back-to-School Drive.  Many people have already generously donated, but the need is still great.  Backpacks are particularly needed as are school supplies and uniforms.
 
 
Uniforms:   Homeless Children’s Playtime Project  says that “School uniforms will become an urgent need almost as soon as the school year begins. There are over 500 children living at DC General without easy access to laundry facilities. The closest laundromat is nearly 1 mile from the shelter. When children don’t have enough uniforms to get them through the week, they’re often forced to attend school with a dirty and wrinkled uniform. Help us spread the word about this wish list:”   http://amzn.com/w/SGKH8FLM7WFU
 
Playtime Project’s Backpack Drive 2014: Backpacks are very much needed for students in the next two weeks.
 
School Supplies Fall 2014:  BecauseDCPS students are expected to bring in their own supplies:
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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).

My Community, Our Earth – Collaborative Mapping for Sustainable Development

 

 

The Association of American Geographers has a program called MyCOE Global Connections & Exchange. The focus is on sustainable development (e.g., climate change, food security) and raising awareness in our local communities via collaborative mapping. The program is open to high school students and teachers can earn $300 for their classroom. See more details here and visit: http://www.aag.org/globalconnections.startupGCEnewUS