Ridgeview Middle School Principal Daniel Garcia is being honored with the “Unsung Hero” Award from WUSA9. The story is expected to air in November. The school received a $1,000 donation to its food pantry.
Garcia was recognized for his above-and-beyond support to Ridgeview families during the pandemic. He inspired the school’s PTSA to coordinate a food pantry at Ridgeview. The pantry includes food and other necessary items for families. Staff, the PTSA and others in the community refer families for help. The PTSA also maintains an outdoor food cabinet called the Bobcat Box (named after the school mascot), where families can find items they need. He has also supported families by delivering devices to staff and students when necessary, and buying and taking needed groceries to families.
Springbrook Senior Wins Yearlong Civics Fellowship
Aruna Bundu, a senior at Springbrook High School, is one of 22 students in the country who has been selected as a member of the inaugural Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship, a yearlong program that will engage high school students from across the country to explore how to make civics more inclusive and relevant to Americans of all backgrounds and to become civic leaders.
The fellowship gives students the opportunity to work with experts in civic engagement, advocacy, social and traditional media, and digital literacy to help build leadership and communication skills so that they can become student ambassadors for equity in civic education. By the end of the program, fellows are expected to launch a national student-led social media campaign; engage in group discussions on equity, civic education and civic engagement; produce written pieces and media projects on equity in civics; and collaborate on a virtual showcase on student voice.