A Celebration of the Sally Ride Quarter, and More School News
Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School and the U.S. Mint hosted a celebration at the school to unveil the Dr. Sally Ride Quarter. The April 21 event also hosted representatives from the National Women’s History Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, Out Astronaut Project and Sally Ride Science. The Mint has added the NASA astronaut to its “American Women Quarters” program, marking the first commemoration of a female astronaut on a U.S. quarter. Watch the celebration.
Einstein Celebrates Earth Day
The Albert Einstein High School Environmental Club celebrated Earth Day on April 22 with fun activities and informational opportunities for students. Several organizations provided information to students, including the Audubon Naturalist Society, Rock Creek Conservancy, the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland Extension’s Community Garden.
Students played bingo, participated in mindfulness classes, painted rocks, got their faces painting and visited with pet goats. The club is also participating in a community clean-up day in Kensington near the school on April 28.
Clemente Students Take Vow of Silence for LGBTQ+ Awareness
The Roberto Clemente Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), the Rainbow Hawks, held a Day of Silence on April 22. Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools. Students in the club educated others on the importance of advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. Students also partnered with Starbucks, who handed out giveaways and provided ideas for how to take vow of silence. Students also worked with the local Starbucks to create one-of-a-kind drinks—the Rainbow Hawk milkshake, the RCMS mocha and the Pride Passion fruit tea.
Burlington Donates $5,000 in School Supplies to Viers Mill ES
Through its partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, Burlington (formerly Burlington Coat Factory) has donated $5,000 in school supplies to Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring. Earlier this month, the New Jersey-based company held a ribbon cutting at its new store at 12089 Rockville Pike in Rockville. When the company opens a new store, it makes a donation to a local school. AdoptAClassroom worked with the MCPS Partnerships Unit to determine the school that would receive the supplies. The AdoptAClassroom vendor marketplace has more than 25 education and school supply vendors with thousands of items that teachers can choose from, including basic supplies such as pens and paper, books, cleaning products, musical instruments and furniture.
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