Aidan is thrilled to kickstart our Fall Community Service initiative next week! We are again partnering with Bright Beginnings, a nonprofit and National Association for the Education of Young Children-accredited learning center in Southeast DC.
Bright Beginnings implements a two-generation approach to promoting long-term development and success of children and families experiencing housing instability in DC. Families can take their children from zero- to five-years-old to Bright Beginning's learning center to learn and grow, build confidence, and progress towards school readiness and kindergarten preparedness everyday. In addition, there are a number of services Bright Beginnings provides to those experiencing housing and economic instability, including family, workforce development, health and wellness, and domestic violence-related services, among others.
In previous years, Aidan has partnered with Bright Beginnings to do a book drive. This year, in lieu of books, we are conducting a drive for urgently needed items.
Our Bright Beginnings Drive starts Monday, September 19, and ends at our Fall Festival on Sunday, October 2.
How to Donate Items
Simply drop your donations in the collection box at Aidan's front door during Arrival, Dismissal, or any time in-between. A collection box will also be at our Fall Festival on October 2 (more details are coming about this next week!).
If you are planning on dropping off items during arrival and/or dismissal, please be mindful of our drop off and pick up processes and try to avoid sidewalk conversations so we can keep the car line flowing.
Urgently Needed Items
- Diapers (Huggies, Pampers, and Kirkland brands only); Sizes NB-5 (Ages 0-5)
- Unscented baby wipes (any brand)
- The following brands and types of baby formula:
- Enfamil Gentlease Ready to Feed
- Enfamil Infant
- Enfamil Neuropro
- Enfamil Neuropro Gentlease
- Similac Advance
- Similac Sensitive
- Burping Cloths
- Receiving Blankets
- Avent Bottles/Dr. Brown Bottles
- Baby hooded bath towels & baby washcloths
- General bath towels
- Sippy cups
Back to School Supplies
Bright Beginnings has an Amazon Wish List of educational items their teachers need for their classrooms. These items can be purchased on Amazon and shipped directly to Bright Beginnings.
To purchase Back to School supplies on Amazon:
- Click the link below to view the Amazon Wish List
- Add items you would like to purchase and donate to your cart
- During checkout, select "Rebecca Rorke's Gift Registry Address" OR enter Bright Beginning's shipping address: 3418 4th Street SE, Washington, DC 20032
- After entering the address, in the "Gift Message" section, type "From an Aidan Montessori School Family"
- Place your order!
Aidan is excited to get our Fall Community Service initiative rolling and give back to our DC community. If you have any questions about Bright Beginnings, the Fall Drive, or our Community Service opportunities throughout the year, please contact Shannon Rutngamlug, Parent Association Community Service Coordinator.