HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
During the school year 2011-2012, Howard University Hospital continues to be a committed partner with Eagle Academy serving the needs of our families. For instance, Eagle Academy worked closely with Howard University Hospital's WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program. Those mothers that were pregnant and with young children received vouchers to purchase healthy foods at no cost to participants, referrals to other health and social agencies, and nutrition education and counseling. Howard University Hospital also included Eagle Academy's low-income families in the Holiday Toy Give Away program. Each year needy families are selected to receive toys for their children. Each family is adopted by a Hospital’s department and the children forward their wish list. The children usually receive everything on their list.
UNITED PLANNING ORGANIZATION
Eagle Academy has maintained an ongoing partnership with United Planning Organization (UPO) since 2003. Eagle Academy identifies eligible children to receive additional services from UPO based on selection criteria, age, D.C. residency and income. UPO provides additional educational services, health screenings and mental health services to the identified children. In addition, children that are too young to attend Eagle Academy are referred to UPO for one of their Head Start locations. Eagle Academy and UPO work together to enroll those referred families the following school year, when child becomes of age to attend Eagle Academy.
WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
The Washington Navy Yard continues to support Eagle Academy’s Annual Science Fair. This is the only science fair that has participants as young as three years old. The Washington Navy Yard helps with the planning and provides judges from its science and engineering departments. The Navy Yard also provide tutors for basic learning and chefs for the After Care program to teach children how to cook, learn fractions while cooking, and how to measure items. In turn, Eagle Academy supports the Navy Yard. Our students performed at the Washington Navy Yard for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Law Day, and National Black History Month celebrations. Eagle Academy’s students and staff helped Navy Yard staff to stuff Thanksgiving baskets for service men and women overseas. When the Navy Yard has a charitable event, Eagle Academy’s students are there helping.
FOSTER GRANDPARENTS PROGRAM
Eagle Academy continued its long-term partnership with the Foster Grandparents Program so that every student has a grandparent on National Grandparents Day and throughout the year. The foster grandparents also help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, accompany students on field trips, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Two former foster grandparents are now full-time employees at Eagle Academy.
DC DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Eagle Academy continued its long-standing relationship with the DC Department of Mental Health (DCDMH) in which a full-time psychologist is housed at the school, serving Eagle Academy students and their families. Eagle Academy also participates in DCDMH’s Primary Project, a school-based early intervention and prevention program designed to enhance school related competencies and reduce social, emotional and school adjustment difficulties in children in grades kindergarten through third.
DC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH- Oral Health Division and DC Ashma Partnership
For the second successive year, Eagle Academy partnered with the DC Department of Health’s Oral Health Division to provide free dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride, and sealant treatments to all of our students. Eagle Academy also partnered with the Department of Health’s DC Asthma Partnership in the creation of a pilot group of parents that provided helpful insight to the DC Department of Health on the needs and challenges they face as parents of children with asthma. This group of parents was instrumental in helping to mobilize and inform other parents of DC students. In addition, all of Eagle Academy’s students with asthma now have an up-to-date Asthma Action Plan.
DC SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Eagle Academy serves as Host Employer and provides structured job opportunities for District youth ages 14-21 participating in the DC Summer Youth Employment Program. These young people work in Eagle Academy’s Summer Camp where they earn money and gain meaningful work experience while learning and developing the skills, attitudes and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work.
Eagle Academy has a strong partnership with the Office of Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry. Councilmember Barry’s office keeps the school community informed of Ward 8 and citywide events and services, including City Council public hearings. Eagle Academy’s families participate in some of the Councilmember’s community events such as the Turkey Giveaway, Back-to-School Bash/Health Fair, Family Day, and Employment Summits.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s headquarters are located a few blocks from both Eagle Academy’s campuses. During the 2011-2012, Eagle Academy approached USDOT and was able to develop a partnership that so far has generated several benefits for our families and students. Many of our families receive turkeys for Thanksgiving, and winter coats and clothing. Eagle Academy’s library receives donations of books. Students receive school supplies and backpacks. On December 15th, some of Eagle Academy’s students performed at USDOT for residents of the Greenleaf Senior Center. The partnership provides reading buddies to read with second and third grade students once a week for 30 minutes and scientists to work with our students in the STEM after school program.
SOUTHEAST TENNIS AND LEARNING CENTER
Eagle Academy partners with the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center on identifying grant opportunities that provide our students with physical fitness programs and tennis lessons. The Center also makes its meeting room available to Eagle Academy for community meetings and professional development programs.
ACHIEVEMENT PREP ACADEMY PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
Eagle Academy has reached out to the premiere Grade 4th through Grade 8th school in Ward 8, and one of the highest performing public charter schools in DC, to make sure our students have a smooth transition to their new school when they graduate from third grade. Achievement Prep Academy Public Charter School is proving that all children can excel academically regardless of race, socio-economic status or school location. Achievement Prep scholars continue to be among the highest performing students in the District of Columbia.
ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL
Eagle Academy continued to host an annual Trike-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Trike-A- Thon is a fun, week-long safety curriculum and fundraising program that supports St. Jude. The program is a great way to teach children valuable riding-toy safety lessons.
Eagle Academy continued to participate with Green Door in the annual Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon. The Help the Homeless Program is the nation’s largest fundraising collaboration focused on homelessness. It culminates each year with the Walkathon which raises funds for nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that serve homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless. Eagle Academy’s participation directly benefits Green Door, a community program that prepares people with severe and persistent mental illness to work and live independently.
SUSAN G. KOMEN WALK FOR BREAST CANCER
Eagle Academy’s teachers, staff and parents continued to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Walk for Breast Cancer at the National Mall. The school has raised over $1,000 by selling Susan G. Komen pins, bumper stickers, t-shirts, wrist bands, and pink lemonade. Students drew pictures for breast cancer patients. Eagle Academy conducted a breast cancer awareness program for our parents through Howard University Healthcare.
Once again during the summer, we had nine college students from the Jumpstart Corps program serving at Eagle Academy. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps children develop the language, literacy and social skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Jumpstart leadership said that they witnessed how Eagle Academy’s students have learned and prospered at the same time their Corps members have gained valuable experience and grown as young adults.
EMPOWERING CENTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Eagle Academy provides internship opportunities for Empowering Center for Employment and Career Development’s students with special needs, ages 17-21, participating in their Building for the Future Academy program. Students must interview for the position and log 60 hours to complete the internship. Those students that successfully complete the internship are given the opportunity to apply for a permanent, paid position at Eagle Academy. Students are evaluated after two weeks and again at the conclusion of their internship. They have to complete a written paper expressing their learning experiences during the internship.
SAFE SCHOOLS/HEALTHY STUDENTS STUDENT SUPPORT CENTER
Eagle Academy partnered with the Safe Schools/Healthy Students, Student Support Center, on a grant program supported by three Federal agencies – Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice. The purpose of the grant is to promote the mental health of students, to enhance academic achievement, to prevent violence and substance use, and to create safe and respectful climates through sustainable school-family-community partnerships and the use of research-based prevention and early intervention programs, policies, and procedures.
GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA
Eagle Academy continued its long-term partnership with the Girl Scouts Daisy Troop #6387. The girls range in ages from 4 to 7. Girl Scout Daisies meet in groups of 5 to 10 with two or more adult leaders in a nurturing, inclusive environment. They go on trips, learn about nature and science, explore the arts and their communities, and learn the importance of empowerment in girls at a young age. Girl Scout Daisies can also earn Learning Petals and receive participation patches.
HANDS-ON GREATER DC CARES
HandsOn Greater DC Cares is the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the region. This organization mobilizes volunteers and strengthens nonprofits to better impact communities and the key issues in the Greater DC region. HandsOn Greater DC Cares works with a network of more than 860 nonprofits, 43,000 volunteers and a host of corporate and foundation partners to positively impact the region. That positive impact can be seen at Eagle Academy through the annual beautification projects this partnership grants to the M Street and New Jersey Avenue campuses. The community partners at Greater DC Cares clean, paint, organize, plant flowers, and create murals; an array of activities that keep Eagle Academy looking stunning and new.
BALLOU HIGH SCHOOL
In 2011, Eagle Academy partnered with Ballou High School, located in Ward 8, to develop a program that is mutually beneficial and rewarding for both the student participants from Ballou and our students at Eagle Academy. The program invites high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to work and/or volunteer at Eagle Academy. These students can sit-in on classrooms during school hours, act as “Study Buddy” mentors and tutors, volunteer to earn community service hours, and work part-time with our Before & After Care Program. This provides our students with young mentors and tutors, and allows Ballou students to be proactive in setting goals for future careers and post-secondary school studies.