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DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative is one of twenty one (21) national recipients of the US Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhood Planning Grants. The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) promises that every child in the Parkside / Kenilworth neighborhood of Ward 7 will receive the Five Promises of:
  1. Caring adults
  2. Physical and emotional safety wherever they are
  3. A healthy start
  4. An effective education; and
  5. Opportunities to help others.

Nurse Marilyn Fuller, Dr. White (Children’s National), Wendy Goldberg Nurse Manager Beulah Gwynn, Dr. White, Wendy Goldberg

The program was inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone and holds a monthly meeting at one of the Promise Neighborhood schools (Cesar Chavez, Thomas ES, or Kenilworth ES). A federal grant supports the development and implementation of a number of effective community services and comprehensive education reforms to improve the educational and life outcomes for children and youth in high need communities, from birth through college and into careers. Wendy Goldberg and her family are stakeholders that attend the monthly meeting and Dr. White is a representative from the mobile unit for Children’s National.
  • Roslyn Polk, RN, school nurse at Janney Elementary School, founded the “Janney Garden Committee” to promote healthy eating at her school. With the help of the Janney Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, students grow healthy, nutritious foods and often incorporate them into their school lunch.
  • Rose Moore, RN, school nurse at Drew Elementary School, launched the “Fit Kids Club” along with the help of the Children’s National Medical Center Physical Therapy Department to fight childhood obesity. The after school program meets twice a week to discuss fitness and nutrition education. Students are also taught exercise routines that they can practice at home with their families. The nurse reports that students in the club have not only lost weight but have continued to keep it off and adopt healthier lifestyles.
  • Students and staff and Mamie D. Lee School are working hard to promote good health. Throughout the school year, students and staff stop and walk for fifteen minutes on Monday and Wednesday. The “Stop and Walk Initiative” was implemented eight years ago by the Health Unit. The program was reintroduced at Mamie D. Lee School in 2009. The goal is to increase student and staff mobility, promote healthy lifestyles, and encourage interaction among students.

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