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“Dear PoPville,

Horton’s Kids works with k-12 kids in one of the most under resourced areas of DC, is doing operation Backpack for fall supplies. Since it’s hard to collect all the items with COVID-19, they’re pairing up with Sprout Supplies for easy donations. $25 gets a kid a backpack with all the things they need.

Please make your donation by Tuesday, July 14.”

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From Mayor Bowser’s press conference today:

“-Summer School will be June 22-July 24 and will include a K-8 enrichment program, as well as programming for English language learners and students with disabilities

-If DC enters Phase 2 of reopening, there will be an in-person summer bridge program for grades 3, 6, and 9 beginning in August

The 2020-2021 school year will begin, either in-person or at home, on August 31, 2020

-The DC Deputy Mayor for Education will launch a family engagement survey to gather feedback”

From a press release: Read More

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From an email: “Garfield Elementary School is a vibrant school community located in Ward 8. With the decision by DCPS to extend distance learning and end the school year early, some of Garfield’s families are struggling with issues such as food insecurity, childcare, and healthcare needs. While we have been working hard to connect families with available resources, some need more immediate and direct assistance. One of Garfield’s community partners has started a GoFundMe to help the families during this incredibly difficult time. As a volunteer at Garfield for many years, I can tell you that these children come to school every day excited and ready to learn! They are doing a great job adapting to the new normal, but some are in need of their neighbors to step in and give them a helping hand at this time. Please consider donating here.”

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Oh dear. Knew it was coming but still. Thought I was all set bu gonna have to buy some more gin after all.

The mayor has announced: “Learning at home will continue for the rest of the school year. We will close our school year early, and we’ll be able to say more about summer and the start of the next school year by May 15th.” Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

“Dear PoPville,

My daughter is a first grade student at a DCPS. Since it looks like it is going to be awhile before in person school resumes, I am wondering if your readers know of any resources where I can find a remote reading tutor? I’ve reached out to some teachers but they are all busy with remote learning. My daughter is on the cusp of reading independently and I don’t wan to lose the momentum before she starts second grade. I’ve seen a lot of posts about high school and college students willing to give their time for tutoring but I am looking for someone trained in phonics. Willing to pay of course.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

“Dear PoPville,

We are using the current apocalypse as an excuse to clean out our apartment and we have two used but working laptops that we thought might be helpful to students in need given the move to online learning. Do you know of anyone arranging for these kinds of donations?”

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“Dear PoPville,

Free Tutoring: We Want to Give Back

We are DC twins who are juniors in high school. We know that schooling is an issue right now, and since we have some extra time, we’re volunteering to tutor DMV area kids and/or provide homework assistance. Of course, we won’t be able to help every child, but we want to do our part during these crazy times. Read More

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Ed. Note: On March 20th the Mayor announced “All DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities, including playgrounds, parks, and athletic fields, will be closed to the public.”

Many readers report at various school playgrounds and parks around the District:

“I saw people using the field at Garrison School at R and Vermont in Logan Circle…despite the signs posted on the gates. This is a real disservice to the city which is trying to keep us safe. It’s also an astonishing act of entitled privilege as the field should be in use right now by the public school children of our community. I called 311 but they have bigger problems to solve right now. Maybe you can remind folks that there’s a public health emergency, and that’s why the fields are closed for now? Not to keep children away so they can keep their fitness routines intact?”


New sign posted by a resident at Garrison

And while Rock Creek Park is obviously open, the Exercise Trail equipment is closed: Read More

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via Change.org

Ed. Note: Earlier we learned that Howard University had also canceled their commencement.

Emily shares: “Petition · Reschedule GWU Class of 2020’s Graduation on the Mall”

The petition says:

“Hello! GW’s graduating class of 2020 just found out that graduation will most likely be virtual. While this isn’t unreasonable with the spread of the coronavirus, the national mall ceremony is something that all of us have been working towards for 4 years. Sign this petition to send GWU the message that we want them to commit to rescheduling a proper ceremony for the graduating class of 2020! While we most definitely need to be practicing social distancing at this time, we have worked too hard to miss out on getting to walk on the national mall! Let’s offer a reasonable alternative: we push the ceremony to late summer or fall. We deserve an in-person ceremony once it is safe to do so!”

There are currently over 5200 signatories.

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