March 19, 2020
For immediate release
Statement from Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region:
It is with a heavy heart that we must inform our wonderful community of festival-goers, bands, merchants, vendors, volunteers, partners, and sponsors, that we have decided to cancel the 2020 Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival following the guidance of the CDC and District of Columbia. Our team has been working incredibly hard to throw a fun event that raises critical funds for Living Classrooms’ hands-on education programs on Kingman Island and in the District. However, the health and safety of our community is our first priority.
No Festival in 2020 means we need your support now more than ever!!
For the past 10 years, this Festival has raised critical dollars to support the thousands of DC schoolkids who use Kingman Island over the course of a year to learn about the environment – and we still need your support to continue this important work. Scroll down to learn more about the Kingman & Heritage Islands Education and Community Fund that is benefited by this event.
Thank you for your support of Living Classrooms, the Festival, and Kingman & Heritage Islands. We value our community so much and during this uncertain time, it’s important to remember that we are in this together. We wish everyone health & safety.
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The Kingman & Heritage Islands Education and Community Fund
Kingman and Heritage Islands are magical places. The two islands—the size of more than 45 football fields measured endzone to endzone—are a District of Columbia-owned Conservation Area covered with forests, meadows, and vernal pools, and with more than 2½ miles of shoreline. They are wonderful natural areas just a short bus ride for thousands of kids in dozens of elementary, middle, and high schools serving the eastern part of the District.
Living Classrooms has been the steward of these islands for 11 years. In addition to providing hands-on environmental education programming on the islands, Living Classrooms has been providing workforce development programs for youth and adults to help maintain and make improvements to the islands. Living Classrooms also employs a workforce development team known as the “Kingman Rangers.”
There are shelves of peer-reviewed studies about the benefits of kids playing and learning in nature, but most kids growing up in the eastern part of DC just don’t get to do it very often. Similarly, few schools can afford to get their students to a natural area to learn about environmental systems in fun and exciting ways. There is a stiff price to pay for that: science testing by the DC public schools shows that fewer than 3% of students in Ward 7 are meeting expectations in grade-level science. The percentage is even lower in Ward 8.
Kingman and Heritage Islands are simply an outstanding place to improve kids’ lives and a unique, nearby natural area to provide fun science and environmental education for thousands of DC school students and informal community groups, while also providing wonderful workforce development program opportunities to improve the islands.
Contributing to the Kingman and Heritage Islands Education and Community Fund is the way that you can be directly involved in helping DC kids learn about the environment. It takes real money to get kids out to the islands and give them fun and educational experiences. The fund also supports on-the-job workforce training that gives marketable skills while also improving the islands.
Every dollar that you contribute to the Kingman Education and Community Fund will go to support our education programs for kids and workforce development training on Kingman and Heritage Islands and in the community. With 35 years of experience in delivering outdoor, hands-on educational and job training experiences, we know how they change lives.
Please join us in helping the children of DC, Kingman and Heritage Islands, and ultimately the environment that we all share. For more information about the Kingman & Heritage Islands Education and Community Fund and our Living Classrooms education and job-training programs, visit our program pages or call us at (202) 488-0627. We are very grateful for your support.