Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative Events Update

Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative (E/BFSC) had a very busy and productive summer!  We sponsored and participated in several Back to School Events in Wards 5 and 6.

In August, E/BFSC partnered with our local schools to host two successful ‘Back to School Bashes.”   The first event targeted truant youth and families who attended Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Ward 6.  The event was held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and accompanied with face painting, community networking, ice cream and games for students and their parents. Two days later, E/BFSC partnered with Browne Education Campus to hold a similar event that boasted a moon bounce, barbeque for students and their families, immunization support and health screenings.

In addition to the Back to School Events sponsored by E/BFSC, we participated in several community events to support families and children to distribute school supplies, information, and resources to Ward 5 youth and families:  Edgewood Terrance Health and Public Safety Fair, Brentwood Recreation Back to School Rally, Brookland Manor, Brentwood Boys & Girls Club Basketball Tournament, and National Night Out in Langdon Park. Finally, E/BFSC partnered with ANC Commissioner Ron McBee to kick off the school year at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School by providing breakfast and school supplies to the parents and children.

The sum of E/BFSC’s efforts for these bashes produced: 1) distribution of school supplies for over 300 students; 2) distribution of uniform vouchers for over 50 families; and 3) information and linkages to over 350 families, residents and community partners.  The success of these summer efforts has enhanced our relationships with the schools and continued to strengthen the foundation for our school based programming in FY2014.  These efforts will include the continuation of our truancy prevention efforts at Browne Education Campus and Amidon-Bowen, as well as Miner and JO Wilson Elementary Schools.   In addition, E/BFSC is excited about the opportunity to full develop Full Service Community School Programming at Amidon-Bowen and Jefferson Academy through a new grant from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Here is a link to this project in the Washington Post