Miner Elementary School is a proud recipient of a $1000 Parents for Healthy Kids grant made possible through Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK) and funding from ALDI. The grant will help expand student access to physical activity and healthy foods in school, improve knowledge and behaviors around physical activity and healthy eating, and provide funding and support to parent groups as they work to engage parents and families in these efforts both at school and at home.
Miner will use its grant to fund:
Special thanks go out to Lindsey Jones-Renaud, Chair of the PTO's Fundraising & Grants Committee, for leading development of Miner's grant application!
Miner is one of 150 schools receiving an ALDI-funded grant along with technical support to implement its grant utilizing AFHK’s Game On program in the 2017-2018 school year. For a complete list of schools funded by ALDI in the 2017-2018 school year, visit ActionforHealthyKids.org/ALDI. Parents are also encouraged to visit ParentsforHealthyKids.org, a new website designed to support parents in creating healthier schools and part of the Parents for Healthy Kids national initiative.
About Action for Healthy Kids®
Action for Healthy Kids® is a nationwide grassroots network supporting school-based healthy eating and physical activity improvements that increase academic success. With funding opportunities, expert technical assistance and our flagship program, Game On, we mobilize schools, administrators and parents to develop healthy school environments for children. To learn more about the ways our 90,000+ volunteer network is helping to make Every Kid Healthy™, visit us at ActionforHealthyKids.org, on Facebook (facebook.com/act4healthykids) and on Twitter (twitter.com/Act4HlthyKids).
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect fall day to celebrate International Walk to School Day yesterday! The event organizers from the Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization (CHPSPO, https://chpspo.org/) did an amazing job of planning, and it really showed with an all-star roster of VIP speakers and other special guests (including DC Water's Wendy the Water Drop, JO Wilson cheerleaders, and Eastern High Marching Band).
The Miner delegation was out in full force, with an amazing complement of teachers, staff, parents, and students who assembled for the formal event in Lincoln Park, followed by a block-long "parade" up Tennessee Avenue to the school. Thank you to everyone who came out and really demonstrated to our Capitol Hill neighbors and city leaders that the Miner family is strong and proud!
We'd also like to thank Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Education Niles for joining us on our walk to Miner and for the opportunity to tell them the good news about our school. We're so glad they were able come inside for a few minutes to say good morning to our students.
Finally and most importantly, the PTO wishes to say a special "Thank You!" to Katy Thomas, the PTO's Civic Liaison, for coordinating Miner's participation in the event, and to our incredible art teacher, Ms. Davis, for creating the wonderful signs our delegation waved with pride.
Some photos from the event are included below. The PTO will work with the Mayor's office to obtain the official photos from the event, so stay tuned!
The Miner PTO was pleased to announce last Friday, September 29, that Miner had been awarded a two-year, $35,000 grant from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to continue building, strengthening, and growing our garden program (see announcement here: http://www.minerelementary.org/news--announcements/something-exciting-is-growing-at-miner-elementary).
However, this incredible opportunity for the future wouldn’t have been possible without a lot of hard work and dedication to develop, write, and submit the grant application to OSSE this past summer. So a huge THANK YOU goes out to Lindsey Jones-Renaud, the chair of the PTO's Fundraising & Grants Committee, and Victoria Mirowski of Cultivate the City, who lead the effort to develop the grant application on behalf of Miner. The school garden program they designed ensures that Miner will fulfill the grant requirements to broaden and integrate garden, nutrition, and STEM-related instruction throughout Miner.
The Miner community greatly appreciates the work of Lindsey, Victoria, and all who helped bring this grant to Miner!
Miner Elementary School, the Miner Parent Teacher Organization, and Miner's urban farming partner Cultivate the City are proud to announce that Miner has been awarded a two-year, $35,000 grant to build and grow its school garden program. The grant, from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, is to support staff as they grow the number of students and teachers who use the garden to teach and to learn.
“The garden is already an amazing space, but this grant will push the opportunities to the next level for all of our scholars as we focus on educating the whole child,” said Principal Bruce Jackson.
Cultivate the City, Miner and the PTO will work together to integrate experiential learning from the gardens into school programming and instruction, particularly around healthy eating and STEM lessons; expand the garden infrastructure; and help students and teachers use and apply urban farming in their educational and personal lives.
"We're so excited to help take the Miner garden to the next level and getting more little hands in the dirt,” said Niraj Ray, the founder of Cultivate the City.
Miner will have two grant-funded garden staff:
Miner administrators, the PTO and Cultivate the City kicked off grant implementation with OSSE on Thursday morning and are ready to get started as soon as the grant become active on October 1.
“We've been a proud partner of Cultivate the City for the past two years as we've worked together to revitalize Miner’s incredible gardens,” said David Treat, president of the PTO. “We are grateful for their expertise in helping Miner take the next steps to transform our gardens into an instructional space, and we hope it becomes a source of pride for our students, teachers, families, and community.”
The Miner PTO and Cultivate the City developed the grant application on behalf of Miner. Lindsey Jones-Renaud, the chair of the PTO's Fundraising & Grants Committee, and Victoria Mirowski of Cultivate the City, lead the effort to develop, write, and submit the grant application to OSSE. The school garden program they designed ensures that Miner will fulfill the grant requirements to broaden and integrate garden, nutrition, and STEM-related instruction throughout Miner. The Miner community greatly appreciates the work of Lindsey, Victoria, and all who helped bring this grant to Miner!
*BREAKING NEWS* Mayor Bowser will be joining the Miner delegation in our walk from Lincoln Park to the school on October 4!!
Join Miner @ Capitol Hill's Walk to School Day celebration!
On Wednesday, October 4, parents and students from schools across Capitol Hill will be gathering at Lincoln Park for a celebration of International Walk to School Day. There is an amazing lineup of VIP's who will be attending to help celebrate and promote the benefits of walking to school.
VIP's include: Miner's Principal Jackson, Mayor Muriel Bowser, DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson, Ward 6 City Councilman Charles Allen, U.S. Representatives John Lewis and Eleanor Holmes Norton and many others.
There will be free coffee from Zeke's (bring your own cup!), snacks, speeches, fun activities for the kids, warm-up exercises, a marching band, cheerleaders and more!
Miner had a GREAT group of families participate last fall and we're hoping even more families will join us this year!
The Miner delegation will depart Lincoln Park at the corner of East Capitol & Tennessee Ave, NE to walk/bike/scoot to Miner at 8:20AM with Mayor Bowser!!
Hope to see you bright and early on Wednesday morning!
7:30AM - Participants Arrive: Students and families will be invited to go to different "stations" to collect stickers and participate in activities (including helmet fittings)
7:45AM - J.O. Wilson ES cheerleader performance
7:50AM - Kathy Pugh and Gabriella Boston (local fitness celebrities!) lead participants in a stretching/fitness activity
7:53 - 8:10AM - National Walk to School Day Kick Off & VIP Remarks
1. Welcome/Intro: Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6)
2. Remarks: Bella Dihn-Zarr, National Transportation Safety Board
3. Remarks: Vince Vaise, National Park Service
4. Remarks: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
5. Remarks: DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson
6. Remarks: Congressman John Lewis
7. Departure Announcements: George Blackmon, CHPSPO
A huge THANK YOU!! goes out to PTO volunteers Matt, CarolAnne, Tiffany, and Mariana for organizing all the coats, backpacks, uniforms, and other clothing in the school's new "Family Support Center." These items are now available to the school's Systems of Care team (Social Workers, Psychologist, Behavior Staff) to distribute to families in need.
Relatedly, THANK YOU!! for the incredible response to our Uniform Drive during the first couple weeks of school! We are now pretty well covered in smaller sizes, but there's still a need for larger sizes. Specifically:
If you wish to contribute, you may drop off your donations in the Main Office or give them to any PTO officer. And be sure to let us know if you would like a receipt for your contribution.
Miner PTO SY17-18 General Meeting Special Topic Interest Survey: Please let us know which Special Topics you'd like to see presented at the PTO's monthly General Meetings. See our survey page: http://www.minerelementary.org/surveys--feedback.html
Cultivate the City Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program: Miner’s long-term partner, Cultivate the City, is taking reservations for the Fall 2017 edition of their CSA program. This has been a popular program at Miner for the past couple of years. For more information, see our Partners page (http://www.minerelementary.org/community-partners.html) or go directly to Cultivate the City’s website: http://www.cultivatethecity.com/produce-csa
*** VOLUNTEER & DONATION OPPORTUNITIES ***
“Move!Play!Grow!” Donation Drive is now underway! This is the PTO's primary fundraiser for the 2017-18 school year and our goal is to raise $25,000 over the next nine months. There are four ways you can contribute: online, by check, make a pledge, and employer matching. Business sponsorships are also available. Visit the Move!Play!Grow! information page: http://www.minerelementary.org/donate-moveplaygrow.html
Reminder: The Miner PTO is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible!
The Miner PTO is planning a "Welcome Back" breakfast for the teachers and staff this coming Wednesday, September 20th - the morning of Back to School Night. We're looking for a few volunteers to help out in a couple different areas. Please sign up at the link below, or send an email to Justin Burniske at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up form: https://goo.gl/forms/YhJyc22GMfQxgCsk1
THANK YOU for the incredible response to our Uniform Drive during the first couple weeks of school! We are now pretty well covered in smaller sizes, but there's still a need for larger sizes. Specifically: pants 6/7, 8/10, 12/14; shirts Small, Medium, Large; boys underwear Small, Medium, Large; girls underwear 6, 8, 10; and socks. If you wish to contribute, you may drop off your donations in the Main Office or give them to any PTO officer. And be sure to let us know if you would like a receipt for your contribution.
The PTO needs YOU! We've hit the ground running and have an immediate need for volunteers for several specific tasks: Member of the PTO's "Needs Assessment" team; News/copywriter for local blogs and media (such as Hill Rag); "Tweeter" to tweet from the PTO's Twitter account; Manager for our spirit wear and the Spirit Store; and a Researcher to investigate stage curtains. Details about these tasks/roles are available on the Volunteer page of Miner's website: http://www.minerelementary.org/volunteer.html. If you're interested in any of these areas, please email email@example.com.
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Wednesday, October 4: Walk to School Day
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