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Hi Friend,

As we’re sure it is for you, the fall is a busy but exciting time at Kid Power!

Back to (After-) School!

It’s back to school at Kid Power, and we’re thrilled to be back in the classroom, garden, and community for another year of innovative after-school learning!

 

What are our goals for Kid Power students this year?

  • Improved academic performance and increased enthusiasm for learning
  • Increased civic knowledge and positive behavior
  • Increased healthy living choices
  • Increased teamwork and conflict resolution skills

What’s new at Kid Power this year?

  • New school sites and greater impact: To maximize program impact, Kid Power has strategically expanded to both serve more students at each program location and support more students in Wards 7 and 8, who face the highest poverty and unemployment rates and most stark food deserts in the city. In Ward 8’s Anacostia, we launched programming at Stanton Elementary School to serve 80 students 5 days a week and increased capacity to serve 100 students at Malcolm X Elementary School. In Ward 7, we launched an in-school program at Houston Elementary that will allow over 35 students to participate in hands-on gardening and indoor STEM health and nutrition activities.
  • Growing partnerships: As we expand, we continue to build new partnerships and grow existing ones to meet student needs. This year, Kid Power expanded its Public-Private School Network, which connects students from local independent high schools to Kid Power students as mentors, to include our first charter school—Thurgood Marshall PCS! 30 Thurgood Marshall students will serve as mentors to students at Malcolm X Elementary. Further, Kid Power has begun a partnership with Natural Partners Monarch Sister Schools program to bring cross cultural exchange via butterfly pollinator gardens with students in Mexico. We also expanded current partnerships with the US Department of Justice and Hanover Research to provide unique civics and financial literacy opportunities for students.
  • In-school science lessons for 1,200 students: Thanks to funding from the OSSE School Garden Program, Kid Power successfully piloted monthly in-school science lessons built around VeggieTime at 2 school sites last year. Due to the success of these initiatives, we’re thrilled to be able to take a leadership role in integrating health and wellness into the school culture at Sousa Middle School, H.D. Cooke Elementary, Browne Education Campus, Houston Elementary, and Jefferson Middle School for the 2015-2016 school year. VeggieTime activities will include school wide-recycling and composting, outdoor STEM instruction, and monthly in-school science instruction for over 1,200 students!

Looking for volunteer opportunities?

14531371649_e5edfab2d3_z.jpgInterested in mentoring a student? Have a green thumb and nowhere to use it? Kid Power is always looking for community volunteers to improve the quality of our services to DC youth! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn about individual and group volunteer opportunities this school year!

Kid Power’s Third Annual Taste of the Garden

Kid Power students, staff, family, and friends celebrated our growing VeggieTime program at the Third Annual Taste of the Garden last week! Kid Power student chefs showed off their culinary skills with Chef Kwon Crumble, whose team created gourmet salad wraps, and Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, whose team prepared Prahok Ktiss, a traditional Cambodian appetizer. Guests enjoyed these delicious appetizers, as well as samples from our friends at sweetgreen and FUEL Pizza, a silent auction and raffle, an open bar, and a beautiful rooftop evening.

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A huge thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!


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