(WUSA9)–On the field, the Nationals finally got off the schnide in a big way Tuesday night, routing the Rockies 15-6. Off the field, they’re a hit with D.C. public schools.
The Nats and WUSA9 both back a program to help fund D.C. schools in need of help.
Scott Harding has a been a teacher for 10 years but he’s a newbie this year, one of 10 who’ll be inaugural teachers at Van Ness Elementary School, not far from Nationals Park. Like Scott, the Nationals have been around for 10 years and now the team is hoping to provide a grand slam of support for education.
“It feels incredible like community coming together to support the new school, me, the kids I serve every day,” said Harding.
“When you think about what the Nationals and WUSA9 are doing to help bring money into the schools… what goes through your mind… it’s spectacular and incredibly important,” Harding said.
Cynthia Robinson-Rivers is the head of school at Van Ness.
“It’s really challenging nowadays with school budgets and with start-up funds [not having] enough money to fund some of the equipment the special teachers need to make those moments they have with students special,” remarked Robinson-Rivers
Van Ness needs books, musical instruments and PE equipment that is not already part of the school budget. If showing “Natitude” isn’t your speed, visit DonorsChoose.organd click on the Sing Along, Read Along, Play Along with Van Ness page.
Every little bit will help a group of socially and economically diverse students succeed and our community, too. Robinson-Rivers knows the importance of sense of community when it comes to their school and its mission.
“You may not have children but your neighbors have children. This school is in a community and we’re all in this together regardless of what ward in the city you live in or regardless of what neighborhood you reside in.”