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Kids Ride Free

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry

Director of Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones

Scheduling Requests:
mayor.dc.gov/page/invite-mayor

August 24, 2017 | Vol. 3, Issue 34

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Four years ago, we took one simple step to make our school system more equitable for students and families in every ward of DC. After hearing from families across the city that the cost of public transportation was keeping some students home from school, I authored and funded our city’s first Kids Ride Free program. In finding a practical solution to an unnecessary problem, we sent families and students a clear message: we cannot put a price tag on a day of learning.

Two years later, when I became Mayor, I worked quickly to expand the program so that in addition to being able to take the bus, our public school students also have the option of taking Metrorail to and from school-related events for free. Today, many families across DC are saving over $700 a year because of Kids Ride Free.

No young person should ever miss a day of school because of the cost of transportation. In DC, one in four students is chronically absent, meaning they miss ten percent or more of the entire school year. By sixth grade, we know chronic absenteeism is strongly linked to dropping out of high school.

As a community, it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure that all our students are in school every day, ready to learn. This year, we are doubling-down on our efforts to reduce absenteeism by increasing coordination across public agencies and stakeholders, investing in data-driven strategies to increase attendance rates, and rewarding students and schools that improve attendance throughout the school year.

Want to do more to help a young person in DC succeed? Go to serve.dc.com to learn about opportunities to volunteer and mentor in Washington, DC. Every day counts and we can all play a role in helping our students succeed.

Learn more about our #EveryDayCounts efforts at attendance.dc.gov and find information about Kids Ride Free at kidsridefree.dc.gov.

Sincerely,

In This Week’s Newsletter:

Join Us: Turtle Park Family Fun Day & Movie Night

Join Mayor Bowser and community leaders tomorrow as we officially cut the ribbon on Turtle Park. The evening of fun will feature popcorn, a moon bounce, a fun wagon, face painting, and a screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Learn more and RSVP HERE.

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Step Afrika! Step Xplosion 2017

Join us this Saturday, August 26 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. for an outdoor festival on Kingman Island, featuring performances by Step Afrika!, Coyaba Dance Theatre, Soul in Motion, and Dem Raider Boyz. The performance will begin at sites around DC with a “journey to the islands,” where residents will learn about different ways to get to the Kingman and Heritage Islands from neighborhoods around DC.

Learn more and register for free HERE.

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Great Streets Small Business Grant

The Great Streets Small Business Grant application process is now open! Through the Great Streets Small Business Grant, the Bowser Administration supports DC-based small businesses, creates jobs for District residents, and transforms emerging commercial corridors into thriving neighborhood centers.

Learn more about the Request for Applications process HERE.

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A District Minute

This week’s District Minute features stories about Kids Ride Free, the opening of newly modernized schools at DCPS, and the Mayor’s Slow Down campaign.

Pathways to the Middle Class: Child and Family Services Agency, Social Worker

The Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is the District agency responsible for protecting child victims and those at risk of abuse and neglect and assisting their families. CFSA works to improve the safety, permanence, and well-being of abused and neglected children in Washington, DC and to strengthen their families.

CFSA has an opening for a Social Worker. This position is responsible for providing a variety of child welfare casework services, conducting home visits, and responding to crisis situations. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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