10 for 10 Campaign- SCHOOLS

Are Businesses Ready to Go Back to School?

In April 2013, we hosted a business roundtable discussion to kick-off our 10 for 10 Campaign.  We are looking for 10 business partners to invest $10,000 in 10 critical assets that we believe all DC neighborhoods need to have for children to reach their full potential. (Shout-out to PNC and Kellogg for being our first two Business Champions!)

For my next 10 blogs, I will focus on one of the 10 critical assets to showcase the importance of having these be available to DC’s children and why DC needs at least 8 more business partners to join our campaign!

As a reminder, the 10 critical assets are:
•    Schools
•    Libraries
•    Recreation Centers
•    Healthy Food
•    Parks
•    Health Care
•    Banks
•    Transportation
•    Restaurants
•    Retail Opportunities
Since the 2013-2014 school year just began, we are starting off with all public SCHOOLS.

My parents taught me that education is the best investment you can make and because they had the resources to invest in my education, I attended private schools my entire life. During my senior year of high school, I was able to join the orchestra at the public high school in my town since my high school did not offer one. I had been taking violin lessons since the third grade and was a member of community and regional orchestras. However, I wanted to be able to play in a school setting. That year, I was able to play in the orchestra while making new friends, cultivating my talents and enhancing a program that continues to enrich our community today.  Although I did not attend the public school, it was clear to me how the orchestra program benefitted all the students.

When we are looking to invest in the public good, education is the perfect place to begin.

That’s why we need your help – by investing in schools and providing students the opportunity to participate in life enriching experiences such as band or orchestra programs, athletics and other extra-curricular activities, we can improve the likelihood that students will be more engaged in and out of the classroom. By staying in school, students will graduate and acquire the skills necessary to be competitive and productive workers, which will ultimately improve the business community and grow our economy. 

I was very fortunate to be a part of something bigger than myself, but I know that not all students are afforded the same opportunities. With the right resources, all public schools in DC can provide great opportunities for the students to learn, achieve and prosper.

If you are interested in becoming a Business Champion in our 10 for 10 Campaign, please email me (rberger@dckids.org) today and show your support for DC’s children.

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