Help expand the The John Tyler Elementary School Art Program
For the past 4 years The John Tyler Elementary School of Washington, DC has presented a musical to the community. This year on May 17-19, the Drama Club will present Willy Wonka Jr. John Tyler Elementary School, a District of Columbia Public School located in the southeast quadrant of the city, serves over 500 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5. The drama club welcomes all students in grades 1 through 5 to participate in the annual productions. Over the past four years we have witnessed the power of the performing arts to motivate our students academically and socially as our students act, dance, sing, and even help design and build the sets used in the production.
By honing creative skills that have to lay dormant in many public school students we hope to encourage our students to use their creative interests to build bridges toward a deeper investment in academics and other aspirations.Over the past three years, we have seen our students and families become increasingly more engaged and excited about the production, expanding from a one-day show to a multi-day production. There are few things that are more powerful that witnessing the diverse Tyler community striving toward making the Spring Production successful.
Our annual productions are embedded in the curriculum. Students use academic and creative skills in the preparation and performance, such as reading and speaking fluency, character analysis, understanding how settings affect characters, plot development, author’s purpose, making inferences, and understanding theme. Moreover, our students demonstrate self-discipline, motivation, and attention to a long-term task. We are committed to seeing students succeed and providing them opportunities to see the vast world outside of their neighborhoods, quadrants and the District.
To further that goal, we bridge our students’ experience by taking them to view a Broadway production. This experience directly aligns with our goal to promote and expand our students’ thinking about the world outside of their immediate environment. Seeing firsthand how the skills they are developing can translate, with hard work, into a career in theater can serve as the catalyst for them to further embrace opportunities that can lead them to pursue performing arts schools or community organizations or continue the great work of theater in generations to come. Field trips to live theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance, and empathy among students, according to the study, "Learning from Live Theater: Students realize gains in knowledge, tolerance, and more" in the Winter 2015 issue of Education Next. By donating to support students involved in the drama program, you are partnering with us in this essential work. Thank you in advance for your support and we hope to see you on May 17-19 for our performances.Our goal is to raise $10,000.00 to support the stage production by purchasing materials to create costumes, sets and props as well as a yearly trip to New York City to experience Broadway.
To learn more about the importance of Arts in schools, check out this short video: The John Tyler Elementary School Drama Club, importance of Arts
The District of Columbia Council is launching a fundraising initiative to provide relief and recovery support to our sister territories in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
The District of Columbia recognizes the devastating impact Hurricanes Irma and Maria have had on our sister territories in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Due to the destruction cause by these two powerful Category 5 hurricanes; Puerto Rico and the USVI are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis of such a grand scale that they have never experienced before. Your help is needed to assist in providing much needed disaster relief to the combined 3.6 million residents of these two US Territories. Millions of people still lack power, suitable drinking water, access to medical care, and basic daily necessities more than seven weeks after the storms’ impact. Our similarity both in size and the lack of full representation in the US Congress creates a unique bond between the citizens of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
It is because of this bond, we felt the need to act on behalf of those citizens affected by this natural disaster. Therefore, we invite all District Government employees and members of the public to join us in showing support for our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean by donating to the “DC Government Employee Hurricane Relief and Recovery Fund for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.” Our estimated goal is $150,000. Contributions made through this link will go to the DC Treasurer and will be used only for disaster preparedness, disaster response and recovery operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Any additional funds left over once response and recovery operations have concluded will be used for disaster preparedness efforts and mitigation purposes to strengthen these territories for future incidents.
To donate, please have your credit or debit cards ready and follow the link below. Contributions made to the DC Government may be tax deductible. The amount of the deduction is subject to the same rules as are generally applicable to charitable contributions.
Let us show the residents of Puerto Rico and the USVI that the District of Columbia stands with our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands during their time of need.
Serve DC is launching a DC Emergency Preparation Fund. Let's Get Prepared for any Emergency in DC.
The District of Columbia must be prepared to respond to all natural, manmade, and technological hazards that pose a threat to the residents and visitors in the city. Serve DC, as the primary Emergency Support Function (ESF) #16 agency, will manage all donated goods, services, facilities. Materials, and finances during a disaster response.
During large-scale incidents, the District will receive an inordinate amount of requests for services during the disaster response. District resources will be limited. The Emergency Preparation Fund will supplement District resources in case of disaster or large-scale incidents, helping to keep the DC residents safe.
Contributions made through this link will go straight to the DC Treasurer Account and will be used only for disaster preparedness, disaster response and recovery operations. Funds left over once response and recovery operations have concluded will be used for disaster preparedness efforts and mitigation purposes to strengthen the District for future incidents. When possible, these initiatives should be communicated to the public so that donors can see that their financial donations are being used appropriately. In accordance with section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, gifts to the District of Columbia for use in carrying out its governmental functions are deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. The amount of the deduction is subject to the same rules as are generally applicable to charitable contributions. We need your help!
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Help expand the School Garden Teacher Training into 2018
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) School Garden Program is seeking funds to host a School Gardens Teacher Training Series in July 2018. This training will encompass three days (12 hours total) of hands on garden-based training for classroom teachers working in K-12 public schools and public charter schools in the District. The goal of this training is to provide teachers with the tools needed to engage students in lessons on schools grounds. Participants will:
- Learn and develop effective classroom management techniques for teaching students on school grounds;
- Demonstrate evidence-based core principles for garden-based learning through model lessons;
- Work in school-based teams to develop a strategic plan for incorporating garden-based teaching into the school day.
Currently, school grounds are underutilized as teaching spaces. In the 2016-17 school year, 128 schools, roughly 50 percent of DC public and public charter schools had garden programs across the District. However, less than 25 percent of students are engaged in garden-based learning, and only 5 percent of teachers utilize garden-based lessons as a part of their teaching practice.
Student engagement in garden-based learning has been shown to increase positive attitudes towards content material and learning in general (Bell 2001; Waliczek 2003). Additionally, students who participate in school garden programs experience significant gains in overall grade point average in math and science (Murphy 2003). Please support this initiative to help students become environmental stewards, achieve academic success, live healthier lifestyles, and live in vibrant communities. Contributions made to the DC Government may be tax deductible. The amount of the deduction is subject to the same rules as are generally applicable to charitable contributions.
Our goal is to raise $20,000.00 to cover the cost of teacher stipends, training materials, and transportation for field experiences.
To learn more about the power of school gardens in the District, check out this short video: DC School Gardens Program