in the Community – October 2017 Edition

Happy November! The temperatures are dropping and the DCcommunity relations teamis out and about engaging students, families, and community members. Fromcelebrating Hispanic Heritage Month to visiting Capitol Hill, October was filled with many exciting highlights.Take a look at what we’ve been up to this month!

6th Annual DC College Fair –At the end of September, more than 200 sters and countless community members joined us at the 6th annual DC College Fair! Similar to past years, it was great to see so many students & families come out on a Saturday to meet representatives from 75+ colleges and universities. We’re eager to continue our working with our terrific as well as supporting sters on their journey through college & career.

Parent & Community Meetings In October we completed the first round of Parent Community Parent & Community MeetingsMeetings at each DC campus! It was a pleasure to meet with hundreds of students and families regarding a potential second DC high school.On Monday, October 23, our community relations team attended the Deputy MayorforEducation’s Fletcher Johnson Community meeting.It was a great opportunity for community members, including DC parents, to voice their opinions on the needs of the community. You may also have seenthe community relations teamat monthly ANC meeting in Wards 7 and 8 or atcivic association meetings throughout the city.We’re eager to continue conversations with families and community members around #FutureFletcher and education in our community. Keep an eye out for more information on community meetings in November!

Teacher Recognition in the Community –This month, two DC educatorswere recognized for their excellence! DC Discover Academy principal, Dr. Wynn, was named aWashingtonian 35 under 35 by our friends at City First Bank! Dr. Wynn has been an integral part of the D.C. community and we’re proud to have her guiding our youngest sters toTeacher Rec in Community - Dr. Wynn choice-filled lives. In addition, DC Heights Academy science educator, Ms. Ramsey, was named a 2017 School Ambassador Fellow by the U.S. Department of Education! Ms. Ramsey joins a cohort of excellent educators working together to inform education policy. Congratulations!

Ty Chung ‘13 Speaks at Accenture Day of Service –On October 9, DC College Preparatory alumnus Ty Chung ‘13 spoke at the Accenture Day of Service. Ty spoke to more than 2,500 people about the partnership between Schools and Accenture and the important work of the Future Focus program. Ty, who TY Chung speaks at Accenture Day of Servicewas an inaugural member of the program, is now employed full-time at Accenture and encouraged mentorship amongst his colleagues. We’re proud to have many sters benefit from the Future Focus program and this fruitful partnership.

on Capitol Hill –On October 16, DC,other regions, and charter schools from across the country convened on Capitol Hill to advocate for Dreamers andfor critical funding streams that support our schools, students, and alumni. DC alumni had the opportunity to speak with  on Capitol Hilltheir member of Congress and provide contexton why we need to support Dreamers. It is always great to see alumni advocating for themselves and others in our community.

Hispanic Heritage Month –Throughout the month of October, we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month across our schools. DC Promise & LeadAcademies’ students spent the month learning about Hispanic Hispanic Heritage Monthcountries, traditions, foods, and even dance! Students also had the opportunity to showcase their work andperform during the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration!a clip from their electrifyingperformance.



East of the River Book Festival On October 14th, our DC team supported local and aspiring East of the River Book Festival  DC tablewriters and storytellers at the East of the River Book Festival in Ward8! We’re always happy to work alongside community organizationsto support the advancement of literacy and a love of reading in our community.

KIND Comments Mural at Union Market –On October 11, two DC College Preparatory students and art teacher Mr. Zulu participated in the creation and unveiling of Instagram’s #KindComments Mural at Union Market DC! The event, sponsored by friends at Union Market and Instagram, brought together local artists, kind comments muralphotographers, and creatives together from all over D.C. to create the colorful masterpiece. Our students were extremely proud to have a part in bringing joy and more #KindComments to our community. Read more.

What an exciting month! Check back next month to see what the community relations team has been up to across the District. As always, and don’t hesitate to reach out toAlthea Holford, Brandon Best,orNathan Woodswith questions or to learn more aboutwhere DC is in the community.

Posted on November 1, 2017 in Community