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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Contact: Kim Betton, (202) 238-2332

JUMPSTART AND HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOST NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY INTERACTIVE FAIR PREPARING DC YOUNG CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS

(Washington, DC, April 14, 2005) – To help further prepare DC area children for school success, Howard University and the national non-profit education organization Jumpstart have partnered to host the 2nd Annual “Jumpstart For A Day” (JFAD), an educational fair for 300 children ages three to five years old attending schools throughout the D.C. area.  The event will occur on Friday, April 15, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in The Valley located on the campus of Howard University and will be one of the largest “National Youth Service Day” (NYSD) service activities in the city.

As program partner schools of Jumpstart DC-Howard University, the head-start, pre-k and kindergarten students of Bruce Monroe Elementary, Seaton Elementary and Howard University Early Learning Program (HUELP) will be Howard’s guests of honor for the day. Additionally, Howard University Hospital Childcare Center (HUHCC) children will participate.  Mayor Anthony Williams has been invited to participate in the day’s activities as well as part of his NYSD. JFAD focuses on the three national outcomes of Jumpstart’s curriculum through a variety of activity-based learning stations and detailed curriculum that promote language, literacy and skill development.

 “It was a wonderful event and a great opportunity for Corps members to interact with the kids outside the classroom.  The children had fun and the teachers had a good experience too,” said Joseph Bates, a 2003-2004 Jumpstart AmeriCorps member and current HUELP student assistant.

Learning stations like the Magic Carpet Story Telling, The Neighborhood Store, Bubbles, Face Painting, and the Moon Bounce were sure-fire hits last year.  This year’s JFAD will blend the old favorites with surprises for the children such as multicultural-themed stations Japanese Letter Writing and Treasure Hunt, all while staying true to Jumpstart’s goal of securing equal educational opportunities for every child. 

Enhancements such as these were all made possible with the help of two NYSD grants awarded by Serve DC and contributions from other sponsors, including Washington DC Police and Fire Departments, Whitman-Walker Clinic, MLK Public Library, Ginko Garden, WHUR-FM, WHUT, Kinkos, Home Depot, 105.9 FM, 99.5 FM, Fleet Feet Sports, Dollar Star and Asics, enhance the JFAD learning environment for the children.

The children will get the opportunity to interact with the 31 Howard University Jumpstart Corp Members, 250 JFAD college volunteers, corporate volunteers and parents in an educational venue that is both hands-on and fun.  CapComm Lab, Howard University’s student-run agency, has planned and implemented JFAD as part of their service-learning course in the Department of Journalism.

Jumpstart operates in 57 sites throughout the nation and supplies extensive school-readiness education to children ages 3 to 5 years old who lack the necessary skills.  Through the use of partners such as AmeriCorps, early education programs and preschools, universities and college students, these children receive an educational experience founded upon three major goals:  school success, family involvement, and the cultivation of future teachers. 

Currently, through grants from AmeriCorps and Gerber Foundation, Jumpstart DC-Howard University partners with D.C. Public Schools and early education programs, where 31 college students work one-on-one with 26 preschoolers to help prepare them for school success.   For additional information contact Camille Jordan at  (202) 806-4029

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, six Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.                  For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s web site at www.Howard.edu

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