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June 7, 2014 marked the First Annual Academic Olympics & UU Challenge Grant* Event. Beacon House children exercised their minds to prepare for the Academic Olympics held at Noyes Elementary School! Attendees were amazed and thrilled by the Spelling & Geography Bees, Science Experiments, food, and fun. The event helped to support summer at Beacon House Camp Leap.

*The Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility will award Beacon House $10,000 if we match it with new gifts from congregations and individual UUs.

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On Thursday, May 23, 2013, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie visited Beacon House as part of an effort by the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. to showcase its grantees.  The Councilmember came to Beacon House around 4:00 p.m. and observed our homework help and other activities for our elementary, middle and high school students. Here is a link to photos from the Councilmember’s visit:http://www.flickr.com/photos/clctve/sets/72157633789475182/

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Beacon House distributes an email-based newsletter, the Shining Light News.  In addition, Beacon House sends emails to notify parents of closure and other information.  To include your email address on either or both distributions, contact gkittner@beaconhousedc.org.

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Beacon House has an extensive athletic program that engages over 300 children and youth in healthy, vigorous activities. A George Washington University Professor of Behavioral Science, Dr. Monica Ruiz, along with some graduate students, are conducting a study to measure the impact of participation in our athletic program on physical fitness, emotional and psychological health, as well as academic performance. In this picture Professor Ruiz is explaining the study to a parent in order to get her consent to allow  her child to participate in the study.

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 Science Club

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Each Saturday morning two volunteers lead the Beacon House Science Club, a fun and interactive series of lessons that teach children about our world through the lens of science. This is a picture of a bacterial cell made out of a cookie, chocolate chips, m&m's and red gummy candy.

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Annual Children's Holiday Party

The annual Beacon House Holiday Party was held on December 20, 2012.  Photos from the event can be found under the Photo tab above.  30 video clips can be found under the Video tab above.

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Rev. Robinson at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church

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Rev. Robinson visited Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday December 11, 2011.  Rev. was welcomed by long time supporters Nancy Davis and Marsha White, and spoke for a few minutes and thanked the church for their 20 years of steadfast support of Beacon House.  Thank you Accotink! 

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5th Annual College Tour

On Friday April 15, 2011, Beacon House’s Targeting the Future Program hosted its 5th annual college tour, this year traveling to Greensboro North Carolina to tour UNC at Greensboro and NC A&T. Fifteen middle and high school participants attended this year’s trip. Beacon House’s teen program director and staff created an exciting weekend of structured, informative, enriching tours and activities on both campuses. This stimulating academic excursion proved to be another astonishing educational experience of a lifetime. Each participant gained first hand exposure to a diverse array of educational opportunities that will prepare participants for success in a traditional or non-traditional college, university, or trade school upon completion of high school. Way to go Beacon House teens!!!!  Check out the Photo page.

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Rev. Donald E. Robinson Receives Upstander Award

from the Historical Society of Washington ,D.C.

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 Marsha White and Nancy Davis, longtime Beacon House supporters from the Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, celebrate the award with Rev. Robinson. 

On February 24, 2011, Rev. Donald E. Robinson, President and Founder of Beacon House, received an “Upstander Award” from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.  His portrait was part of a new exhibition “Upstanders: Portraits of Courage”, a photography exhibition that honors the contributions of local individuals and groups who spoke out, did the right thing, and made a difference.  Congratulations to Don for this great honor! 

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Beacon House Champs Visit The CIA 

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David “Ty” Johnson, head coach of the Pop Warner National Champion Beacon House Falcons, works for the Central Intelligence Agency.  He recently invited all the players, coaches, and Beacon House staff to come tour the CIA facilities.

Coach Johnson and 5 of his co-workers, including his department director, were fantastic hosts.  They  provided lunch, and told the children and adults fascinating stories and facts about the how the CIA works, demonstrating spy ware, such as listening devices embedded in earrings and hair clips, and generally making the day a memorable one.

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Beacon House Chosen as

"One of the Best D.C. Charities" 

Beacon House has been chosen as “one of the best small charities in the Washington, DC region” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.  Click here for more information.

Volunteer Experience

Click the following link for an article about one volunteer's experience at Beacon House.

http://www.washingtonlife.com/2011/07/19/get-out-and-give-back-beacon-house%e2%80%99s-great-leap/