Giving Back, Moving In, and a New Club

Giving Back, Moving In, and a New Club
Emily Prigg

CHDS families help put together trail mix for Martha's Table on Founders Day.

In the spirit of the mission and vision of Capitol Hill Day School's founders 50 years ago, CHDS families and staff celebrated Founder's Day on January 12 with a day of service. About 70 CHDS parents and children from prekindergarten to eighth grade came together and assembled 200 children's toiletry kits for The Greater DC Diaper Bank and over 700 bags of trail mix for Martha's Table.

In January, CHDS seventh and eighth graders were in high spirits as they moved into the newly renovated space at Farren's Stable (218 D Street SE). While primarily used for seventh and eighth grade homeroom and math and humanities classes, the new space will also accommodate regular community meetings of all fifth through eighth graders.

Last semester, middle schoolers enthusiastically embraced the new after school Math and Makers Club. The brainchild of two CHDS parents with expertise and interest in engineering and the maker movement, the Club helps students see themselves as creators in the physical and virtual world through hands-on exploration and investigation. During biweekly meetings, students tackled design challenges, built simple robots, and created LED light-up greeting cards.

The Club's facilitators have ambitious plans to expand with more complex challenges and possible participation in design competitions. They also intend to collaborate on specific projects with middle school faculty as a way to support the school's academic program. The school's new homebase for its middle school - Farren's Stable - provides more space for their making and hacking.

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Student filling bag of trail mix for martha's table.

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