Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ward 5 Report: Back to school next week and Ward 5 Day on September 1

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2019 2:20 PM
Subject: Ward 5 Report: Back to school next week and Ward 5 Day on September 14


It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of summer, and yet most students in DC will return to school next week. On Monday, I invite you to join me in getting the school year off on the right foot with a welcome back pep rally at 8:00 am at Noyes Elementary where we will be greeting students with cheers and high-fives as they walk through the door for a new school year.

As a parent, I know the preparation for school begins long before the first day. Earlier this month, I was pleased to take part in an annual backpack giveaway at Brentwood Recreation Center, hosted by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Roving Leaders and spearheaded by Ward 5's own Ricardo Duren (pictured above along with DPR Director and Ward 5 resident Delano Hunter).

Whether you have a school-aged child or not, back to school season is in the air, and I'm continuing to work for a safe and productive school year for all DC students.

In service,


Ribbon Cutting for The Sterling

Yesterday, Councilmember McDuffie joined city and neighborhood leaders to celebrate the ribbon cutting of The Sterling, Ward 5's new short-term family shelter located at 1700 Rhode Island Avenue NE. 

Ward 5 Day - September 14

Visit the Ward 5 Community Office

The office is typically open from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. To make an appointment at the office, visit, or call our main office number at (202) 724-8028. When entering the Ward 5 Community Office at Luke C. Moore, please use the Monroe Street, NE entrance.

Kenyan in the Community

DC Business Community Engagement Forum - August 29

As a part of his work to examine and improve DC's contracting with minority and women-owned businesses, Councilmember McDuffie funded a study by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). As part of the study, DSLBD is hosting a town hall meeting to obtain information (feedback, comments, and perceptions) from business owners on their experiences in doing business or attempting to do business with the DC government.

Business owners (or a representative) must register no later than 6:00 pm, Friday, August 23, 2019. DSLBD will also accept written comments if submitted by Friday, August 23, 2019. See link for full details on submitting written comments.

Art Park @ RIA First Friday Launch Party - September 6

Show Up For DC Statehood - September 19

The House of Representatives will hold a hearing on legislation to make the District of Columbia a state (the hearing was rescheduled from the original date in July). Click the image above to visit and learn how to get involved. 

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