In honor of National Mayor and County Recognition Day on April 4, 2017, Aspire! Afterschool Learning will celebrate its dedicated AmeriCorps team that has contributed more than 100,000 hours of community service to south Arlington children and families since the program began.
Aspire! will host a Day of Service event on Tuesday, April 4 at Barcroft Park. Aspire’s! students, the current AmeriCorps team and staff will do some Spring cleaning, picking up trash along the trail to and at Barcroft Park. They will be joined by REEP (English classes for adults) and EduFuturo’s AmeriCorps teams, as well as County Board and School Board members.
“AmeriCorps has had a clear and significant impact on Arlington’s at-risk children,” said Aspire! Executive Director Courtney Reeve. “AmeriCorps Members provide continuity between the school day and after school, ensuring consistent academic support for our students and helping them make solid gains. We could not have achieved the outstanding results we have without our AmeriCorps Members.”
Reeve added a call to action to her program’s supporters and the community in general: “We call on everyone who values our mission to urge their elected officials to protect AmeriCorps from threatened Federal funding cuts, or even elimination.”
The Service Day project will conclude with a short program and BBQ dinner from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Barcroft Park is at 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive. All friends, supporters and community members are welcome to attend.
Aspire! Afterschool Learning expands learning opportunities to help young people fulfill their potential through afterschool and summer learning programs that support and connect families, schools and communities. Last year 95% of Aspire! students improved their reading level, the third straight year of over 90% improvement. The Catalogue of Philanthropy has recognized Aspire! three times as one of the DC region’s best small charities.