D.C.'s First and Only All-Girls' Public Charter School Raises More than $75,000 for Its Music, Arts Programs
Excel Academy Public Charter School recently celebrated its first four years of growth and accomplishment with an evening of music and arts at its inaugural gala.
The event titled, "Dream a Little Dream," was held March 3 at the Organization of American States in downtown Washington, D.C., and brought together more than 230 Friends of Excel for a silent auction and dinner.
The gala raised funds for the Excel's music and arts programs, and both were prominently featured during the evening's festivities. Guests excitedly bid on scholar artwork during the silent auction, which brought in more than $10,500.
During the dinner, guests were treated to a special performance by the Excel Academy Third Grade Scholar Chorus. Joined by their sister-scholars from the Holton-Arms School, they performed with wide eyes and full hearts for the packed room. The students were joined for their finale by professional opera singer, Karin Paludan, who led the girls in a rousing chorus of O Sole Mio. As the guests came to their feet, both they and the girls knew it was a night they would not soon forget. This gala raised over $75,000 for the music and arts programs at Excel.
About Excel Academy Public Charter School
Four years ago, Excel Academy opened its door in the heart of Anacostia to 134 little girls with big dreams. Today, the school serves 401 girls in preschool through third grade, and is moving ahead confidently with plans to grow each year until the school has an eighth grade in 2016. The school's board, management, and faculty are dedicated to ensuring that Excel Academy scholars continue to dream big and believe in a bright future for themselves and their community. The school is located at 2501 Martin Luther King Avenue, S.E. For additional information regarding the public charter school, please visit www.excelpubliccharterschool.org.