We’re thrilled to announce that the largest corps ever has begun serving in DC public schools; and City Year Washington, DC is half way to our goal of serving over 50% of DCPS students who are off-track to graduate. This year the 160 corps members are serving 4,500 DC Public Schools students all day, every day throughout the entire school year.
Thanks to the 400 guest who came out last Friday to celebrate Opening Day 2011 with our featured speakers Mayor Vince Gray, Chairman Kwame Brown, and District of Columbia Council Members Alexander, Cheh, Orange, and Thomas. Some highlights from the ceremony include:
- Chairman Kwame Brown recieved City Year’s highest honor, the red jacket.
- Abbey Goldstein, Manager of Strategic Academic Initiatives for DC Public Schools recognized, “City Year is not an extra program or initiative that schools feel like they have to implement on top of everything else. City Year is a part of our schools and they help us leverage our existing resources and programs to produce even greater outcomes for our students.”
- A spirited physical training demonstration by the 160 corps members.
- Education and service related chants performed by 4 of the 15 City Year Washington, DC teams.
- Pledge of Allegiance led by Stanton Elementary School students.
- “To serve is to lead and you are leaders of today and tomorrow.” Council Member Alexander said to the corps. “We appreciate you; you make the difference in the lives of our young people. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”