First Time Working in DC and the Snowstorm!
A few weeks ago, I spent the morning visiting some programs in DC. I have been the Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) Operations Manager for four months but I had still not had an opportunity to work with any programs in DC.
The first program I got to visit was Life Pieces to Masterpieces. This is an after school program for African American boys and young men. They have the entire top floor of Drew Elementary School reserved for them. We plan on helping both the school and LPTM with equipment.
One of the highlights of the program was the incredible art the students were making. Seriously! You can go check out their website and you can see some of the work and even order prints!
The next stop on my trip was to Barbara Chambers Children’s Center in the middle of downtown DC. This building has been dwarfed recently by the recent growth in the area. (It’s right down the street from the heart of Columbia Heights). The children at the center full time are preschool aged, but the center also has after school programming that serves children as old as high school. The children mostly speak Spanish at home. The teachers are bilingual and teach in English. The challenge with their school was their limited space. We talked about a couple of possible solutions based on our inventory including our inflatable soccer net.
The last place I visited was Israel Manor. There is an older church attached to a newly minted community center which looks like an awesome place to have an event. The church also has an early childhood program. The challenge at this location was also a serious lack of outdoor space.
Besides getting to visit local programs, this trip was a great chance to get back in touch with my roots. For the two years prior to LPF, I was an early childhood educator at Temple Emanuel in Kensington, MD. We were really spoiled with the incredible outdoor spaces available to us and that certainly impacted my views on what opportunities can best help children grow.
Working with the children directly is certainly something I desire to do when I am working in the field. I definitely made that clear to Max when we were fleshing out my responsibilities. I really enjoy that part of this job.
Last weeks snowstorm didn’t stop Max, Moe, and I from hiking through the snow to get to the warehouse. We were here Monday morning even though the space wasn’t plowed for a few days. Most of the programs we have been working with were closed for a few days which kept us in the warehouse.
In the next few weeks we plan on doing a few different distributions. On President’s Day, we are doing a distribution with the Washington Capitals at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena which will kick off our ice hockey equipment distributions using the equipment we have been collection for the past few months.
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