Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Hour and Holiday Drive for Washington Metropolitan High School

The YEP-DC Happy Hour and Holiday Drive is being held December 14 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Dirty Martini Lounge (1223 Connecticut Ave NW).   The purposes of the event are to socialize and celebrate the holidays while supporting a local school (Washington Metropolitan High School).   YEP-DC will be collecting school supplies--copier paper, pens/pencils, dry erase and regular markers, lined paper, and notebooks.   RSVP here.   Direct questions to YEP-DC via email.

This event kicks off a new "Adopt-a-School" partnership between YEP-DC members and a local school in need of resources and volunteers.   The long-term partnership will provide the selected school with eager and engaged volunteers, while also offering YEP-DC members an opportunity to learn more about the strengths and challenges of one DC school.

The "Washington Met" (formerly Youth Engagement Academy) is a small, alternative high school that opened in 2008-09 and currently serves approximately 240 students, 93% of whom are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.   The school is affiliated with the Big Picture Learning Network, and their program is focused on learning through real-world projects and internships, personal learning plans that are based on students' individual interests and needs, and building a college-going culture.   Principal Tanishia Williams-Minor and members of her committed staff will talk about upcoming opportunities to support this new high school.

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