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Introducing a New School Site: Malcolm X Elementary

What changes would you like to see in the world? What would you wish for?

IMG_0339.jpgThis question was posed to students at Kid Power’s newest site, Malcolm X Elementary School, when they were introduced to Kid Power’s programs last month. It is clear that these young people have big dreams, with answers including:

  • “give people healthy food so [they] would not have to go to the doctors”
  • “for the world to be safe from breaking in a house and robbing stores… to keep the world safe from criminals in the world so nobody would get hurt…”
  • “to make sure that no one would have to wonder where their next meal is coming from”

At Kid Power, we believe that it’s critical for youth to reflect on these questions in order to set goals for themselves and their communities. And Malcolm X students are clearly off to an ambitious start!

Malcolm X Elementary School is located in Southeast DC Ward 8, a community struggling with poverty, crime, and food insecurity. Students in this community face significant obstacles to their success, including:

Thus, we are truly inspired that these young people are so eager to learn and to help solve the issues they see in their community. In just a few days of operations, enrollment rose to over 80 students! And, staff have reported that students are enthusiastically participating in all activities, and are jumping out of their seats to answer questions.

With this level of engagement and desire to make the world a safer, healthier, and kinder place, we’re confident that soon, these young people will not only be defying these statistics, but actively working to change them.

Reflecting on MLK Day of Service

In honor of MLK National Day of Service, Kid Power students and over 150 volunteers committed their time and energy to help others in need. Students and volunteers decorated paper lunch bags filled with friendly notes of encouragement, prepared and bagged homemade sandwiches and healthy snacks, then distributed these lunches to community members currently experiencing homelessness. Afterwards, students participated in a reflection activity based on Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and brainstormed more way that they can help their community.

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We cannot think of a better way to honor Dr. King and we are very proud of Kid Power students for choosing to make the holiday “a day on, not a day off”. Thank you again to our volunteers from Miami University, Censeo Consulting, Georgetown Day School, Dickinson Wright, and generous community members for your time and support! It would not have been possible without you!

Check out our blog to find out more about our MLK Day of Service activities!

The Service Continues: VeggieTime in the Community

Despite the frigid temps outside, Kid Power students continue to learn about nutrition and environmentalism and apply their knowledge to improve the health of their communities. With their new favorite motto: “reduce, reuse, recycle,” students are spearheading and managing recycling programs at their schools. Further, working with the DC Department of General Services, Kid Power has ambitious plans to bring school-wide composting to all of the schools it serves. Stay tuned for Kid Power student PSAs as these young leaders help teach their peers about composting and reducing one’s carbon footprint.

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Finally, don’t be deceived by dormant garden beds this winter! Kid Power students are busy heating up the kitchen and practicing their cooking skills in weekly cooking classes and monthly family cooking nights! Recently, students have made carrot muffins, kale salads, and rainbow tacos!


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