Haven’t started spring cleaning yet? Don’t worry, the Urban Neighborhood Alliance and Ross Elementary School PTA are hosting a neighborhood spring cleaning and rummage sale next Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 2 pm.
The rummage sale will be at Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. You can rent a table for $25 and sell all of your unwanted belongings while also helping spruce up the local neighborhood during your sales. Set-up is at 7:30 am and there are only 50 tables to rent out with 2 chairs at each table.
How to reserve a table: The tables are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis. Reservations for tables will only be given to Ward 2 residents.
To book: Please send the following information to Sarah at sb.gilmore[AT]mac.com: (1) Your Name, (2) Home Address (must be a Ward 2 resident) and (3) Phone Number. You will receive a response confirming that a table is available and providing instructions for paying via PayPal. Reservation is not complete until payment has been received!
Please note that professional vendors are not permitted to book tables.
What else? Stay tuned for more happening that day at Ross, including a community shred (safely dispose of personal records), e-cycling and hazardous household waste disposal with DPW, and a neighborhood cleanup!
The fourth annual Ross Elementary School PTA auction raised the stakes again this year, bringing in almost $50,000 to support programs at the local school on the 1700 block of R Street NW. The amount easily topped last year’s $40,000 (which was almost double the 2010 event total). All of the funds go directly to the school’s programs.
“We are all so appreciative of the generous donors that make our auction possible. Our public schools cannot thrive without the support of the broader community, and we at Ross feel so lucky that we are part of a community that understands that and gives so much to our school,” said Ross parent Laura Stack.
Ross Elementary is a public neighborhood school at 1730 R Street NW. The school, like many others in the city and beyond, needs to raise cash to buy tablets and laptops for students and staff. The funds raised at the annual auctions also help support professional development for teachers, as well as student scholarships for their after-school enrichment programs. It serves Pre-K through 5th Grade students.
“We are so grateful that the Ross community rallies around this auction every spring and supports the school. Every dollar raised goes toward technology, teacher enrichment and after-school programs at Ross. The success of this auction is crucial to the school. Special thanks to our parents who volunteered, donors who contributed and community members who attended the auction. We could not raise this money without your help,” said Auction Co-Chair and Ross parent Jennifer Touchette.
“And we certainly want to thank the multitude of businesses that donated their services and items. We encourage everyone to support our local businesses who continue to support Ross and the community at large,” said Touchette.
And that scooter? The winner of the Genuine Buddy 125 scooter from Modern Classics was a teacher at Ross — who uses it to commute to school every day.
The Ross Elementary School PTA annual auction is this weekend, Saturday, March 10. But don’t wait to bid on one of the wide range of items donated by local businesses. You can bid online through this Thursday, March 8.
What’s for sale? There is something for everyone, in a variety of categories and price ranges: All About Kids, Class Projects/Staff Treasures, Culture & Art, Dinner & Entertainment, Food & Wine, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Hotels & Memberships, Local Celebrities, Specialty Items & Services, Sports & Entertainment and Travel & Outings.
Online bidding for the items is open until March 8. The live auction takes place on March 10 from 5 to 8 pm at the German Marshall Fund, 1744 R Street, NW. Both auctions are open to the public.
To win the Genuine Buddy 125 scooter from Modern Classics, buy a $20 raffle ticket (or more!). Raffle tickets are not available at the auction’s online bidding site, but you can buy tickets at Modern Classics, at the March 10 auction or by emailing Auction Co-chair Jennifer Touchette. You do not need to be present to win.
The funds from the auction go towards technology updates for the school, teacher training and scholarships for after-school enrichment classes. At up to $300 per term, some of these classes in math, science, languages, drama, and other topics would otherwise be out of reach for low-income students at Ross, according to Auction Co-chair Lee Granados.
The past three auctions have cumulatively raised over $75,000 for Ross Elementary, a public school serving 150 kids pre-K through 5th grade, at 1730 R Street, NW. This year, the organizers aim to raise a total of $65,000, their most ambitious target yet.
Note: Borderstan Media is proud to be among this year’s sponsors of the Ross School PTA Auction, along with Level One restaurant, Modern Classics and VIDA Fitness.
Tired of finding parking for your car on your trips around town? Looking for a fun way to see the city? One of the top items at the 2012 Ross School PTA Auction is a 2012 Genuine Buddy 125 scooter from Modern Classics.
If you want a chance to win the scooter, buy a $20 raffle ticket (or as many as you want). Raffle tickets for the scooter are not available at the auction’s online bidding site, but you can buy tickets at Modern Classics, at the March 10 auction or by emailing Auction Co-chair Jennifer Touchette. The drawing for the scooter is held toward the end of the auction.
The 4th Annual Ross Elementary School PTA Auction is coming up in two weeks. The event is open to everyone and online bidding is underway. The live auction is Saturday, March 10, at the German Marshall Fund, 1744 R Street NW, from 5 to 8 pm.
Ross Elementary is a public neighborhood school at 1730 R Street NW. The school, like many others in the city and beyond, needs to raise cash to buy tablets and laptops for students and staff. The funds raised at the annual auctions also help support professional development for teachers, as well as student scholarships for their after-school enrichment programs. To learn more about Ross School and how the auction proceeds are used, read Ross School PTA Auction: Let the Bidding Begin!
Featured photo: 2012 Auction Co-Chair Jennifer Touchette is shown with the scooter from Modern Classics that was raffled off at last year’s Ross PTA Auction.
- Ross School PTA Auction: Let the Bidding Begin!
- $40K for Ross School Fundraising Auction; Double From 2010
Fact: The average person makes 24% of their annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and despite a deep recession, charitable giving was up more than 3% in 2010 (Source: Charity Navigator).
Here at Borderstan we want to help you make the decision to give locally this year. That’s why we’re providing you with an easy way to make contributions to charities that provide support for our neighbors in Borderstan and DC. From health care to social services and the arts, philanthropies in our neighborhood make an impact on our community.
Consider adding one of these charities or organizations to your holiday list. Then ask friends and family to make a donation in your name. Or make a donation for someone else. If we missed an organization, please leave a comment with details!
Following are 14 programs, organizations, charities and schools you can support that provide important services to our community, in the following six categories: Help Those in Need, Local Schools, HIV/AIDS Support, Senior Citizens, LGBT Community and The Arts.
Help Those in Need
Bread for the City, 1525 7th Street NW. The mission of Bread for the City is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, legal and social services and medical care. This season for $28.85 you can provide a single low-income family with a complete holiday meal through the Holiday Helpings program. In addition to cash donations that sustain ongoing programs like the rooftop garden, you can customize your gift by contributing an item from the Bread for the City Wishlist. The list contains items needed for programs and clients and includes needed items like Adobe InDesign software, toaster ovens and gift cards to Walmart, CVS and Target.
Central Union Mission, 1350 R Street NW. Although this long time shelter just moved from its home on 14th Street NW, you can still support the mission this holiday season. In addition to cash donations through their website, you can provide presents for a needy child through Operation Christmas Miracle or even volunteer at their food depot or kitchen. The mission also offers you a chance to customize your donation by purchasing items needed for the residents through their Christmas Catalog — you choose if your dollars buy hygiene clothing, toys or even meals.
Charlie’s Place, 1830 Connecticut Avenue NW. In Northwest DC there can be the misconception that everyone is financially stable. But Charlie’s Place provides an important service for those people who are not. This non-denominational, anti-hunger, homeless ministry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church provides morning meal, case management, lunch go-go, HIV testing and counseling and clothing distribution. This holiday season and all year long donations can be made online through their Network for Good site.
Martha’s Table, 2114 14th Street NW. The vision for Martha’s Table is to find solutions to poverty in the short term with food and clothing programs, and in the long term by breaking the cycle of poverty with education and family strengthening programs. This season you can browse their holiday catalog for a customized gift in honor of a family member or friend. Choose from a variety of programs to support including debate classes, college preparation courses or wellness and nutrition activities. You can also make unrestricted cash gifts, donations of clothing or food, or contribute an item from the Martha’s Table Wishlist. If you’re looking for a bigger way to support Martha’s Table into the new year consider attending their Sips and Suppers events in early January where for $100 you have a chance to enjoy drinks with Jose Andres, Alice Waters and Joan Nathan.
N Street Village, 1333 N Street NW. Few people know that many of the homeless services in DC focus specifically on men. Services provided by N Street Village focus on empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women. They strive to address issues around income, housing, employment and health. To volunteer or make a donation, in-kind or financial, visit their donation site.
Garrison Elementary School, 1200 S Street NW. Garrison is the in-boundary school for most of Logan Circle and the U Street Corridor, serving more than 250 students from preschool through 5th Grade. The school also has three autism classrooms.You can support the Garrison PTA with a donation; make a check to Garrison PTA, 1200 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 (donations to Garrison PTA are not tax deductible at this time). You can also support the school by collecting Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education, linking your Safeway Card to Garrison and just by volunteering! Email [email protected] to join the email list or to get more information.
Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. There is something so meta about supporting an organization that supports other organizations and Ross Elementary School does just that. In addition to being a local school, through Ross Elementary PTA you can provide donations to Books for America, Children’s Hospital and Charlie’s Place. In addition, you can choose to make a donation to Ross’ programs by bringing your recyclable materials to the school, clipping box top for education labels or selecting Ross as the recipient of the school rewards programs at Giant, Safeway and Harris Teeter.
School for Friends, 2201 P Street NW. One of the ways you can contribute to the School for Friends (Quaker) is through their Fund for Friends Campaign. The fund provides financial aid to students, which allows the school to support their commitment to diversity. One of the great thing about SFF is the diversity of the families, all of varying economic, racial, ethnic and sexual orientation backgrounds. SFF is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Whitman Walker Health, 1701 14th Street NW. If you ever needed to believe a small donation could mean a lot, Whitman Walker Health proves it: just $25 helps their health team distribute 50 safer sex kits. Make a donation to WWH this season and your dollars will go to provide high quality health services to individuals who face barriers to accessing care. You also have the opportunity to make a donation in honor or memory of someone, or even make the gift anonymously.
Dupont Circle Village, 9 Dupont Circle NW. It’s hard to imagine being inside most of the time when all of DC is just outside your door, but for many older resident of the District their world is what they see through their window. That’s why Dupont Village is dedicated to linking older residents to not only social/cultural activities, but to also provide health-related and reliable home-maintenance services. Consider serving as a volunteer to an elderly person in the community by agreeing to provide transportation to and from appointments or provide a pick-up after a medical procedure. Get started with the volunteer application on the Dupont Village site.
The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U Street NW. The DC Center’s mission is to celebrate and support LGBT residents in the District, and based on the number of programs, activities and communities on their site, they are succeeding. Although the Center accepts cash donations throughout the year, you may want to consider buying a ticket to the Glamour, Glitter, Gold Oscar event held in February each year. Proceeds support the Center and you get to dress up for a fun night out.
Trevor Project, DC Ambassadors Committee. The Washington, DC Ambassadors Committee is group of volunteers dedicated to helping raise awareness of The Trevor Project‘s mission of ending suicide among LGBTQ youth. The committee works with schools in the DC area to reach out to kids directly and raise awareness of the issue, as well as raising support through volunteerism and fundraising, to help The Trevor Project carry on their life-saving efforts. In its first year, the local committee raised nearly $100,000 for the Trevor Project and engaged over 1,000 DC area supporters.
Mid City Artists. The Mid City Artists is “a diverse and talented group of professional artists who have come together for the purpose of promoting their art and the Dupont/Logan neighborhoods of Washington DC that they call home. Twice each year, the private studios of select member artists are open for visitors. Discover painting, photography, sculpture, glass, mixed media, prints and much more.” With a current roster of 42 artists, you can support MCA’s general fund by sending a check to the organization’s treasurer: MCA, c/o Chuck Baxter, 914 Westminster Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. (Donations are not tax deductible.)
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW. The artwork in the Phillips Collection is mighty in its scope — the museum features more than 3,000 works of art by Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso, Rothko, Diebenkorn, and other modern masters. Caring for so many historic pieces calls for community support and this holiday it’s easy to do that with a donation to the museum. You can become a member and gain reciprocal special admission at more than 300 partner museums. Unrestricted dollars are welcome, but you can also choose to dedicate your gift to the musical program or the onsite library and archives.
Location is the Ross playground, 1730 R Street NW. Prices start at $45 and 50% of the price is tax deductible.. They are open for business from 9 am to 5 pm.
Due to extremely brisk sale of trees last weekend, the annual tree sale and fundraisers is ending early; Saturday is the last day! A Ross PTA spokesperson said they are completely out of 9-foot trees, but still have smaller trees.
Think Local First: Decorate Your Tree Top to Bottom (No Travel Required)
They Deliver: Trees at OLD CITY green
Local garden center OLD CITY green at 9th and N Streets NW is selling trees until they run out, according to owner Frank Asher. They are carrying trees, wreaths, garland, tree stands and mistletoe. They deliver, too.
The Logan Circle Whole Foods on the 1400 block of P Street also carries Christmas Trees.
While you are buying your holiday tree at the annual Ross tree sale, stop by Ross Elementary School at 1730 R Street NW to meet the faculty and staff, and take a tour. The school is holding an open house this Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to noon.
Also this Saturday, from 9 am to 1 pm, the Ross PTA is holding its holiday bake sale. So buy a tree, a wreath and some baked goods.
On Tuesday, October 18, the HomeMade Pizza Co. will donate a large cut of the daily proceeds from all its DC stores to the Fillmore Arts Center. Fillmore provides award-winning arts education programs to 3,000 students at nine elementary schools in the DC Public Schools system.
Two schools in the Dupont-Logan area are part of the Fillmore Arts Center: Ross Elementary (1730 R Street NW) and Garrison Elementary (1200 S Street NW).
Fillmore will get $5 for every large pizza, $2 for every salad, and $1 for every dessert sold at any of the four HomeMade Pizza locations in DC. You can order ahead by phone or online. But you must pick up the pizza — delivery orders do not count. The Logan Circle store is at 1522 14th Street NW (corner of Church and 14th Streets NW; call them at 202.588.0808. Logan Circle store hours area 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
You can find out how to support the Fillmore Arts Center by visiting Friends of Fillmore.
If you see gaggles of kids in the Dupont-Logan area walking to school together on Wednesday, they’re probably part of International Walk to School Day. One local school participating in the October 5 event is Ross Elementary on R Street NW. Ross also participates in the Safe Routes Program.
On October 5, students will walk, bike or scoot to school. The purpose of the program is to enhance the health of students, improve air quality in neighborhoods and to build safety awareness among families.
There are three meeting places for Ross students on Wednesday morning. Students are asked to meet at 8:25 am at one of three locations:
- East: DC Jewish Community Center Steps at 16th and Q Streets NW
- North: T Street Park at 17th Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW (north and east of the Dog Park)
- Southwest: St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 18th and Church Streets NW (yard on the 18th Street side)
By Jana Petersen
In what was a wildly successful evening, Ross Elementary School raised $40,000 in its third annual auction last Saturday, almost doubling the amount it raised last year. This year’s event was held at the German Marshall Fund at R Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW and was coordinated by the Ross School PTA.
The funds raised will be directed to modernize its current building, create enrichment programs for its students, and assist in the professional development opportunities for its teachers; in fact, $3,000 was raised at the time of the auction, in live auction paddle boating, for teacher professional development programs. Ross School serves students from pre-K through Grade 5 and is located at 1730 R Street NW.
Wondering how to score a lunch with Rhee or Chuck Todd? See how much the hottest prizes went for below, and start budgeting accordingly now for the 2012 auction! (If you, like me, need this much advanced planning.)
- Napa Valley Experience – $2,800
- Gourmet Dinner in your home for 10 to 12 – $1,000
- Lunch with Michelle Rhee – $750
- Lunch with Chuck Todd – $500
- 2 Tickets to Taylor Swift in CBS Studio Suite – $500
- Front Row Caps Tickets – $500
Susan and Bob Meehan were recognized for their longtime support of Ross Elementary School. The Meehans have lived on the 1700 block of Corcoran since the 1970s and have taken an active interest in the school for decades. The Meehans played a role in helping reopen Ross for the neighborhood after it had been closed.
Bob Meehan currently serves as an advisory neighborhood commissioner on ANC 2B, representing district 03. Susan Meehan also served on ANC 2B at one point.
If this year is any indication, you can’t help but wonder what the years ahead will look like – in both prizes and the future of Ross Elementary. More information: Saturday: Ross School Auction (Lunch with Chuck Todd, Michelle Rhee?)
From Jana Petersen. She lives in the Dupont area and covers a variety of topics for Borderstan.
You may remember the bumper sticker phrase, “Think Globally Act Locally.” A few weeks ago, a New York Times/CBS News poll released a jarring statistic: 81 percent of Americans say the nation is on the wrong track, a figure higher than ever since the poll began in the 1990s. Be it partisan politics, an unsustainable deficit, a troubled education system, global warming, or otherwise
Ross Elementary School Auction is this Saturday, April 30, 5 to 8 pm. Location is German Marshall Fund at 1744 R Street NW. Online auction bidding ends Thursday, April 28 at 6 pm.
Yet, it is statistics like these that emphasize the importance of local participation in issues that are often painted on a macro-scale, such as education. This Saturday, April 30, at 5 pm, Ross Elementary School will be hosting its third annual auction to raise money. The fund will be used to to further plans to modernize the current building, assist in professional development opportunities for its teachers and create enrichment programs for its students. Ross Elementary is located at 1730 R Street NW and serves grades pre-K through 5.
Among this year’s prizes: Two tickets to the Garden Party, the pre-party to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, on Saturday, April 30 (winners will be notified on Friday, April 29)… December 18 tickets to Redskins vs. Giants… lunch with DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson… two vacation getaways… a scooter… and much more including food and fitness items.
Over the last two years, the auction has raised more than $40,000 — money that has gone to furnish each classroom with smartboards among other necessary furniture. This year, amidst deep budget cuts, the success of the auction has even greater implications; the hope is to use the money to furnish the new preschool classroom, provide Responsive Class training to teachers, and create after-school language programs for the students.
The auction is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 pm and the auction runs to 8 pm. For those committed to the event and Ross Elementary, but unable to attend, there is a virtual auction; the virtual auction is currently open, but will be closing on April 28 at 6 pm, so be sure to browse the auction list and place your bids prior.
Below the fold: Check out some of the most interesting prizes being auctioned off.
If you’re ready to buy your Christmas/Holiday tree, you can get it at Ross School PTA’s annual Holiday Tree Sale, starting this weekend. The annual Christmas tree sale is a tradition in the 17th Street area and trees were sold for many years at the corner of 17th and R Streets NW. The main location is now on the Ross School playground at 1730 R St. NW with a second location at Cafe Saint-Ex, 14th and T Streets NW.
Proceeds from the school playground go to the PTA while Saint-Ex sales go toward renovation of the Ross School cafeteria. Tax Deductible? Yes, 50% of the purchase price of your tree is tax deductible.
During the first three two weekends of December you can purchase a tree from Ross PTA on the playground at Ross School, 1730 R St. NW. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm and they will deliver the tree to your home. The dates are Dec. 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19. Trees will also be sold at Cafe Saint-Ex at 14th and T Streets NW, including weekdays; details below. You can pre-order your tree online now.
- Table Top $40.00
- Small (3-4ft) $45.00
- Medium (5-6ft) $60.00
- Large (6-7ft) $75.00
- X-Large (8-9ft) $110.00
Trees at Cafe Saint-Ex
In addition, trees from Ross PTA will be available for sale at Café Saint-Ex, 14th and T St. NW, during the first three two weeks of December, weekdays included. Please inquire inside the restaurant for more details or call them at (202) 265-7839.
Book Fair, Cookbooks
This week, concurrent with the tree sale, the Ross School PTA is running a book fair, and is selling the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Cookbooks. The cookbooks are $20 each with proceeds going toward the Main Streets program. In addition, Dupont Circle Village calenders will be for sale at the book fair as well.
Ross School is also having an open house from 10 am to noon on Saturday, Dec. 4.
Ross Elementary School is part of the DC Public School System and serves grades Pre-K through fifth. You can get more information about Ross School and Ross PTA from their website. The Nov. 19 Principal’s Bulletin will also provide updates on recent school activities, which included planting bulbs in 17th Street tree boxes (Ross Students Get 17th St. Ready for Spring). Ross School PTA was also involved with first 17th Street Festival held Sept. 25.
View photos from Friday’s tree box gardening on 17th Street NW.
The renovated tree boxes on 17th Street NW will have spring flowers thanks to some fall planting last Friday by about 50 students from Ross Elementary School. The students, from grades 3 to 5, were accompanied by parents and teachers. They were assisted by Frank Asher, owner of OLD CITY green at 9th and N Streets NW. The event was organized by the Ross School PTA. The elementary school serves grades 1 through 5 and is located on the 1700 block of R Street NW.
The students planted tulip bulbs and then mulched the tree boxes. The new boxes were part of the 17th Streetscape project, which was completed earlier this fall. The 17th Street Festival was held Saturday, Sept. 25 to celebrate the project, which also included new sidewalks and lamp posts (see Sunshine, Crowds For First 17th Street Festival).
Ross School PTA will hold its annual Holiday Tree Sale on the school playground during the first three weekends of December. You can pre-order your tree online.
From Michelle Bradbury
Thursday at 1 pm Ross Elementary School on R St. is hosting the Inaugural Ross Cup – a playoff-style soccer match between the Kindergarten and 1st Grade teams. Members of the community are invited to watch the fun, which will be held on the Ross Astrotruf Turf Athletic Facility at 1730 R St. NW.
Michael Feldstein (ANC 2B-01), Will Stephens (ANC 2B-08) and Aaron DeNue (one of the organizers of the June 12 World Cup Soccer in the Circle event) obtained a signed DC United photograph and posters for the teams.
Stephens is chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B, while Feldstein is vice chair.
When and Where: Labor Day from 11 am to 5 pm. It’s a block party on the 1300 block of T Street NW, on the north side of Cafe Saint-Ex (corner of 14th and T Streets NW).
What: Labor Day Pig Roast/BBQ Sauce Cook Off and fundraiser to benefit the Fillmore Art Center. Fillmore provides award-winning arts programs for students at Ross Elementary (1730 R Street NW) and nine other public elementary schools across DC. Virtually all the supplies and equipment used for the program are paid for by donations and special events.
Who: Cafe Saint-Ex, attendees like you, local BBQ sauce makers and volunteers; click here to volunteer. There will be live music, lemonade stands, plenty of activities for kids and lots of great barbecue. And you get to help provide arts education for nine DC public schools.
Why: Kids in the DC Public Schools need arts programs. This event benefits the Fillmore Art Center, which provides arts programs for Ross Elementary and nine other DC public schools.