Northeast D.C. community’s Aiton Elementary School has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Washington Redskins football team. The grant was announced on Sunday evening as the team played against Dallas Cowboys.
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation announced at half time of the game that 40 teachers and staff members from different schools won the grant.
The Elementary school intends to make a Loads of Love (LOL) laundry center from the grant which will allow parents and community members to wash and dry their clothes.
“The cleanliness of clothes should never obstruct a student’s
opportunity to receive an education, and with the addition of this laundry
center, we have eliminated this enormous obstacle. We expect this to transform
the educational experience of families for many years to come,” said
Alejandro Diasgranados, third grade teacher at the Aiton Elementary school.
When Diasgranados came to know of the grant on offer from the
Washington Redskins, he applied for it, seeing it as an opportunity for the
welfare of all students in the school. Since
Aiton Elementary School has a partnership with the football team, he knew the
grant will provide more opportunities for his students. He wanted every student
in the school to have equal access to multiple uniforms, washers and dryers.
Aiton Elementary School, according
to the principal, apart from offering extracurricular activities like soccer, tennis
and basketball, provides all children with a “rigorous, differentiated academic
program that will enable them to be successful in middle school and beyond.”
Since its start in 2000, Washington
Redskins Charitable Foundation has donated more than $16M to the community, mostly
for educational purposes, and also for community outreach, health and wellness.