Volunteer with Living Classrooms this Spring

March 28, 2014

Thanks to the generosity of Board Member Eric Becker, our Community Outreach and Volunteerism Department is making great progress with our “Inspired to Serve” initiative. We will be working closely with the Beckers’ Foundation Karma for Cara – established in honor of their daughter – to encourage volunteerism among students throughout the country. This Spring, we have several upcoming events in need of a large number of volunteers: Privateer Weekend: April 11-13 Volunteer with the Friends of Fort McHenry for Privateer Weekend in Fells Point. Full of family-friendly activities honoring the maritime history of Fell’s Point and the patriotic privateer fleet and ‘pirate’ sailing lore, there will be live entertainment, music, vendors, tall ships, and more. Volunteers are needed to hand out information and sign up members at the Friends of Fort McHenry Table on the War of 1812 Pier (Broadway Pier). Other activities will be going on at the Thames Street Park and Ann Street Pier. To volunteer with the Friends, please send an email with your contact information to volunteer@friendsoffortmchenry.org. Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival: Saturday April 26th The 5th annual Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival will draw thousands of bluegrass fans to Kingman and Heritage Islands on the Anacostia River in celebration of bluegrass in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, April 26th. The festival will feature DC’s hottest food trucks, beer from a handful of breweries including Sierra Nevada, bike giveaways and tours of the island from Bicycle Space, activities for the kids, and amazing bluegrass music including feature act, The Hackensaw Boys. Volunteers will be asked to serve a two hour time shift in one of several areas (set-up, concession stands, registration, etc.). To learn more about the Festival, follow this link: http://www.kingmanislandbluegrass.info/ and to volunteer, sign up here: http://vols.pt/4MNouW or contact Matt at bluegrassvolunteer@livingclassroomsdc.org. Crossroads Presentations of Learning: May 12th-16th and 19th-23rd At the end of each school year, students at The Crossroads School prepare Presentations of Learning. This process requires each student to reflect on the progress that he or she has made by selecting work samples that best represent their development as a student and citizen. Following the presentations, questions from the panel occur to further probe each student’s insights and assess his or her overall level of accomplishment and proficiency. The Presentations of Learning are a unique opportunity for both students and panel members, providing a detailed understanding of each student’s progress over time. Additionally, the presentations allow panel members to develop a more complete understanding of the school’s instructional program, assessment methods, and culture. Volunteers are needed to fill the “community member” slots on Panels and ask students engaging and thoughtful questions. http://vols.pt/4MNouW