“Aidan Book Fair at Politics & Prose/event at Comet Ping Pong”

by Prince Of Petworth October 14, 2016 at 4:15 pm 7 Comments

5015 Connecticut Ave, NW

From an email:

“This weekend Aidan Montessori School is holding its annual Book Fair at local bookshop Politics & Prose. The Book Fair is a wonderful opportunity to support the school, while also promoting reading as a fun and enriching activity for our children. Here are the facts:

When is the Aidan Book Fair?

Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(The book fair table will be staffed by Aidan volunteers until 5 p.m. on both days.)

Where is the Aidan Book Fair?

Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW.

Why should I go to the Aidan Book Fair?

1. Because if you mention Aidan at the cash register, 20% of sales at Politics & Prose will go to support the school. You can help the school AND get a head start on your holiday shopping. It’s a win-win!

2. Because you can get a great meal: Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave., NW) has generously agreed to donate 15% of participating sales to Aidan. Just be sure to write “Aidan Montessori” at the top of your bill when you turn it in.

3. Because you can purchase books to donate to an Aidan classroom or Bright Beginnings, a child development center serving under-housed families in DC. There will be book wish lists from the Aidan faculty and Bright Beginnings available at the fair.

We hope that you will join us!”

  • Anonymous

    Let me try to understand this: a private school that charges $27,335/year for elementary age students, plus a $2500 registration fee, plus a $1000 enrollment fee, is seeking public support. For what?
    I can see donating a book or two to Bright Beginnings, but not Aidan.

    • Anon

      Came here to say the same thing. This is a private school and very expensive at that. It’s beyond hilarious that they are seeking donations for their school.

      • Lisa

        Many if not most schools that are very expensive for the ‘haves’ also provide very discounted tuitions for the ‘have-nots’. And f you think any school makes a mint on student tuitions you are not well-informed about expenses of schools. The more expensive the school the greater the overhead.

        A quick look at their website reveals: “Like all independent schools, each year Aidan faces the challenge of providing the highest standards of educational excellence while holding tuition increases to a minimum. Unfortunately, tuition alone does not cover the cost of attracting and retaining the best teachers, maintaining our beautiful environment, or provide the needed funding to support our Financial Aid program” and “Children are accepted to the school without regard for ability to pay tuition. Aidan offers need-based financial aid for students in all programs. The goals of our Financial Aid program are: to attract a socio-economically diverse student body, and
        to provide tuition assistance to families in the school who require it and meet the criteria.”

        • FridayGirl

          Then they should be way more transparent about where the money from the book fair is going or else there is very little incentive for anyone who isn’t affiliated with the school already to participate.

        • Anonymous

          If you think their teachers are making bank, you are not well-informed about the salaries of private elementary school teachers..

    • textdoc

      +1 to “I can see donating a book or two to Bright Beginnings, but not Aidan.”
      I guess I can’t blame Aidan for trying, but as an anon was saying below, there are lots of schools with greater need.

  • anon

    hahahah politics and prose does this for lots of schools with more need!!!!!! I laughed out loud when I saw this.


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