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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Cardozo Wins 2014 Preservation Award

Dorothy Rowley | 7/9/2014, 3 p.m.
The innovative design of Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest has made it a standout among District schools that ...
A central staircase is among featured renovations at Cardozo Senior High School in Northwest. (Courtesy of DCPS)

The innovative design of Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest has made it a standout among District schools that have undergone modernizations over the past few years.

As a result, the newly-renovated Cardozo, which boasts state-of-the-art technology and floor-to-ceiling murals, ranks among 11 winners of the 2014 Historic Preservation Review Board Chair's Award.

The awards are presented on behalf of a government project that celebrates the history of the District’s public schools and their commitment to educating the city’s youth.

During the first half of the 20th century, District officials initiated a major building campaign to ease overcrowding in the public schools.

However, by the turn of the century, the structures no longer met students’ needs, and in 2007 school officials launched the Public Schools Modernization and Stabilization Project to fully renovate all 123 elementary, middle and high school buildings and related administrative and support facilities.

All totaled, it cost $130 million to modernize the aging Cardozo, which now serves students grades 6 through 12.

Renovations, completed in late 2013, included a restored indoor pool, technologically-advanced classrooms and specially-designed practice rooms and performance areas for the band and chorus.

New After-School Enrollment Process

After-school enrollment for families can be completed on the school system’s website. Families who are interested in after-school programs can visit the new online enrollment system and expect a customized experience based on their child’s interest and the school they attend.

The after-school enrollment process includes two rounds, with one that began in mid-June ending on Friday, July 11.

The second round, where seats are filled based on availability, takes place Monday, July 21 through Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The after-school enrollment process has been simplified this year, so most families will not need to submit additional documents after completing the online enrollment form. However, based on a student’s school and student data on file, families will be notified through the online enrollment process if they need to provide supplemental documentation to their child’s school.

For assistance, please contact the Chancellor’s Response Team at 202-478-5738.

Summer Meal Facts

Just because school ends doesn’t mean student meals end too. Free breakfast and lunch are available to all District children and youth, 18 and younger, throughout the summer.

Free meals are being served at parks and recreation centers, churches, community-based organizations, and schools.

Children and teens that show up at any designated school or site to receive a free meal, don’t have to be part of a summer school program or show ID or registration.

All of the meals are nutritious, with a sample meal consisting of chicken drumsticks, whole wheat rolls, sweet potatoes with cinnamon, and cole slaw.

Youth can also get free meals from a food cart located in front of H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast.

To find a location, visit www.onecityyouth.dc.gov or call 211.