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October 12, 2012 / Rebekah Seder, Editor

Fight For Children launches major new initiative for early childhood education [News, 10.12.12]

– Earlier this week, Fight For Children announced a new, $10 million initiative called “Joe’s Champs” that aims to improve early childhood education in the District. The program, which is named after the organization’s late founder, Joe Robert, plans to expand to 40 traditional public and charter schools within five years. (WaPo, 10/10; FFC, 10/10)

DCPS names teacher, principal of the year (WaPo, 10/11)

POVERTY | D.C. Hunger Solutions organized the week-long “Food Stamp Challenge” to raise awareness of the challenges facing people who rely on food stamps. The staff of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation are participating and have reflected on their experiences and what they have learned throughout this week on their blog. (WAWF, 10/9 – 12)

COMMUNITY | The Nonprofit Rountable celebrated its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, with a number of speakers, including the Meyer Foundation‘s Julie Rogers and Venture Philanthropy Partners‘ Mario Marino reflecting on the past decade, and gearing up for the next. The Catalogue of Philanthropy wrote up the event on their blog, noting that (GoodWorks, 10/11):

The strength of the nonprofit community lies primarily within the strength of our leaders. Support for innovative nonprofit leadership is crucial. Collaboration within the nonprofit and public sector is paramount to address the vast needs and social issues that we face today.

WORKFORCE | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region‘s Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative has a round-up of recent news articles highlighting a number of its projects in the region, including the MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, SOME Center for Employee Training, and the Invest2Compete project. (Giving It Some Thought, 10/11) Thanks, CFNCR, for making my news round-up job a bit easier today.

REGION | The D.C. area ranks third in the country for the worst traffic. (Examiner, 10/12) I guess we can’t be number one at everything.

I think bored high school English students everywhere would be amused by this: the terrible reviews classic novels received when they were first published. One critic’s take on Madame Bovary: “Monsieur Flaubert is not a writer.”

If you enjoyed yesterday’s bad lipreading video of the first presidential debate, you might enjoy this video as well.


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