The DC public school lottery is currently open, and many District parents are exploring the selection of educational options for their children. And as a parent who has been through it more than once, I highly recommend taking advantage of opportunities to attend Open House events. It’s a great way to get a better feel for a school — you can get a look at the facilities, ask specific questions, and meet some of the people who will potentially be part of your child’s life.
Coming up in the next few weeks, Creative Minds International Public Charter School, which serves students from preschool to middle school, will be hosting two Open House events. The first will be held on Wednesday, February 8, at 6:15pm. And if you can’t make it on a weekday evening, there will be another Saturday, February 25, at 3pm.
Founded five years ago by Golnar Abedin, Ph.D., Creative Minds initially launched with preschool and elementary programs, and they’ve been such a success that Abedin expanded the school into 6th grade this year, and will add on 7th grade next year, continuing with 8th after that. The school strikes a unique balance in education by taking a global approach to learning, while always maintaining focus and attention on the individual student.
The global component is one that Abedin believes to be important in an international city like Washington, DC. Through the lens of this type of curriculum, students gain an understanding, appreciation, and respect for differences of all kinds, making them confident, culturally aware individuals capable of succeeding in a diverse and global society.
Creative Minds has designed an engaging program based on an international, project, and arts-based curriculum that includes foreign language instruction as well as standards-based literacy and mathematics. Students receive a well-rounded education that integrates both the arts and STEAM, all under the instruction of passionate teachers dedicated to the social, emotional, and academic success of their students.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Creative Minds International Public Charter School, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.
Time to put your game face on! Parents, teachers, and administrators — you understand the fight to raise money for your school. Well, PTO Playoffs is the ultimate way! Raise thousands of dollars. Get dirty. Run a relay. Test your wits. Unleash your inner athlete. Walk (or limp) away with money to support your school!
Public, private, and charter school parent teacher organizations and associations (PTOs and PTAs) will compete in a series of outdoor games & challenges for a grand prize of $10,000. In addition to the opportunity to win a large cash prize, teams can raise money for their schools through individual donations and corporate sponsorship. So every school wins!
The mission of PTO Playoffs is to: * Provide a spirited way for schools to raise funds to support programming needs * Model teamwork and positive play for students * Promote exercise and interactive play * Build camaraderie among parent teacher organizations and associations
PTO Playoffs will take place May 20, 2017 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC. PTOs and PTAs interested in signing up to compete must complete the short questionnaire ASAP and submit a pitch video by November 12, 2016, like the one below from Anne Beers Elementary School. Schools selected to participate will be notified by December 1, 2016.
Click Image to View Anne Beers Elementary School PTO Playoffs Pitch!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by PTO Playoffs, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.
Enhance your weekend at Tour de Fat’s Friday Night concert and Saturday Festival
Just because it’s going to be a wet weekend, that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. Get out the rain coats and waterproof footwear and head outdoors anyway, or take your pick of indoor pursuits from both special events listed below and ongoing activities here. I do recommend checking to make sure there aren’t cancellations due to rain, and I’ll update here as well. Wet or dry, indoors or out, have a… Happy Weekend!
Where: Parks around the area
When: Friday & Saturday
To celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, National Geographic is bringing together 300 scientists and thousands of members of the public to explore the parks around DC and document all the creatures that live in them. We’ll also have a Biodiversity Festival on the Mall with music, entertainment, and booths with hands-on activities. It’s all completely free!
Where: National Mall
When: Friday & Saturday
This two-day event is part of the cornerstone BioBlitz. Head to Constitution Gardens for hands-on science exhibits, food and art, as well as family-friendly entertainment and activities. Constitution Gardens will also serve as base camp for the National Capital Parks BioBlitz and as a connection to all the other BioBlitzes taking place at national parks that weekend.
Rockin’ on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Kick off the weekend as the Yards Park kicks off its seasonal Friday Night concert series! Tour de Fat presents the Black Masala Band in the first installment of the summer staple, so there will be extra bemusements along with the show, as well as food and beverages will be available for purchase (note that BYO alcohol is no longer permitted, but you can still spread out for a picnic dinner).
Tour de Fat
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
The celebration of bike and bemusement is zany in the best way possible. There’s a bicycle parade, bicycle art, reconfigured bicycles to ride, a dance contest to win a bicycle, a car-for-bike swap, a bike-themed kids area, and bikes just…everywhere. There’s also beer! Registration for the parade starts at 10am, then the rest of the festivities kick off at 11am. Costumes encouraged.
Voices of Now
Where: Arena Stage
When: Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm
Enjoy an evening of evening of original, autobiographical theater as artists ages 11 to 18 share their stories and raise important questions they have about their communities. This year’s plays examine topics including issues of race and ethnicity, self-identification, mental health and illness, heroes and role models, putting down roots in new places, risk-taking, the magnitude of our actions, and implications of language used surrounding grief and death.
MoCo Strawberry Fest & Fair
Where: Zimmerman-Ace Field in Burtonsville
When: Friday, 6-9pm & Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free to the marketplace, tents and rides extra
Celebrate spring in Montgomery County with carnival fun and seasonal treats! Enjoy local strawberries, a market of artisan goods, face painting, strawberry foods, shortcake, live entertainment, and more!
18th Century Spring Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: $8/adult, $3/child, free for 2 and under
Celebrate spring at the first Market Fair of the season! The living history museum’s annual event showcases aspects of life in 1771 in lots of fun, festive ways. Play games and watch a children’s puppet theatre, or make your own Corn Husk Doll. Order nails from the Blacksmith and watch all kinds of demos by artisans. Purchase herb and flowering plants and shop for other wares. Concession include fresh vegetables, roast chicken, sausages, and bread; lemonade and sugar cakes from the Sweets stand; and wine or ale from the Tavern. Due to weather, the Fair will only take place Sunday this season. Read more about Claude Moore in this recent post.
IRELAND 100: Redhead Family Day
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 4pm
As the Kennedy Center showcasing Irish arts and culture over the next couple of weeks, this special family day welcomes redheads and redheads-at-heart to join this free celebration. Featuring music acts, dance performances, demonstrations, and activities for the whole family, the day wil culminate in a redhead kids’ parade and photo gathering.
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday, 10:30am & 2pm
Head to the NMAI’s imagiNATIONS activity center for an interactive puppet show based on the children’s book The Goat in the Rug by Charles L. Blood and Martin Link.Learn about the Diné (Navajo) people from the southwest United States and the six steps involved in creating a traditional Navajo rug. Recommended for children up to age six. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Extend your visit and enjoy the many hands-on activities for kids at the museum.
Where: Bobby McKeys at National Harbor
When: Saturday, 1:30pm
The whole crew can enjoy an afternoon of music and fun at one a dueling piano shows. The two hours of all-request live music paired with a lunch buffet is a great way to brighten a gray, rainy day. And this is a performance where kids are encouraged to wiggle in their seats, dance in the aisles, and sing along!
Armed Forces Day Where: National Cryptologic Museum, Annapolis MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Honor and celebrate the men and women serving in our nation’s Armed Forces at the National Cryptologic Museum on Saturday. The event promises to be a day of fun and education for the whole family. Indoor and outdoor activities will include a chance to talk by ham radio, K-9 Unit demos, knot tying workshops with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, live jazz from the U.S. Army Field Band Ambassadors, special tours and photo ops, kids games, face painting, bouncy fun, and more. Service members will be serving hot grilled food and drinks, and ice cream will be available for a sweet treat. Rain or shine.
Book Shop Sing-a-Long
Where: Walls of Books
When: Saturday, 11am
Since it’s going to rain, make the day awesome by joining Walls of Books for some music and great stories. Bear Song will lead the tunes, and grown ups can grab some coffee provided by Heat Da Spot.
Family Book Making Arts
Where: African Art Museum
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Learn the art of traditional book making techniques and create your own book art. Workshops will focus on different aspects of book making, featuring local and international book art making artists. The African Art Museum is located at 950 Independence Avenue, enter from the Haupt Garden.
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Experience the Air & Space Museum’s new Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy. The free alternate reality game challenges you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. Choose what role you will play on the mission; engage in fun interactive activities; and explore the science, technology, engineering, and math skills you will need as a member of the next generation of space travelers. Along the way, you’ll learn about some of the Museum’s fascinating artifacts. Read more about the adventure on the website. Best for upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families.
International Migratory Bird Day
Where: Rock Creek Park Nature Center
When: Saturday,10am – 3pm
Help Rock Creek celebrate the birds that call the park home, even for part of the year. For generations, migratory birds have connected communities across continents, providing unique opportunities for international collaboration and inspiring people to improve conditions for birds, all wildlife, and for ourselves. The day will include bird walks, hands-on activities and exhibits, food, art, and family-friendly entertainment – a special performance by Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble. See the schedule of activities on the website.
Where: Lewinsville Park, Mclean VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
McLean’s annual festival to celebrate the city has something for everyone in the fam. Enjoy canival rides, food trucks, live entertainment, a petting zoo, exhibitor booths, free field games, a tennis clinic, Bumpr Ball, laser tag, and a roaming Magician and balloon animals that will delight the littles!
Fiesta Asia Street Fair (UPDATE: Postponed to June 5)
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue, 3rd – 6th Streets, NW DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month at the annual street fair presented by the Asia Heritage Foundation and Passport DC. This showcase of Asian art and culture will include music and dance performances, martial arts demos, food, hands-on activities, and more. Kids can enjoy activities like origami, sidewalk chalk, dragon making, story telling, and more. While admission is free, be prepared to spend on food and in the marketplace.
Saturday Family Jazz Session
When: Saturday, 11am
Jumpstart a love for jazz with classes that nurture talent and spark musicality! Junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of jazz appreciation at this fun, creative, kid-friendly series featuring classes with multi-instrumentalist and local jazz legend Seth Kibel and renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Parks & Yoga
Where: Constitution Gardens on the Mall
When: Saturday, 9am
Pop-up yoga brand Grip The Mat will be teaching an open yoga session on Saturday morning at 9am as part of the Biodiveristy Festival and centennial celebration of the National Park Service. Join them as they explore one of the most notable National Parks, the National Mall, and the whole fam can connect with each other during a light-hearted yoga session followed by a brunch by Peet’s Coffee. Admission is free, but RSVP here. Be sure to bring a yoga mat!
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
The City of Gaithersburg welcomes you to their 7th annual literary event! Festivities will include the chance to see and meet some of the world’s best writers, from best-sellers to acclaimed up-and-comers; join in literary workshops; and a full day of fun at the Children’s Village. The Gaithersburg City Hall is located at 31 South Summit Avenue.
Outdoor Movie Night: Minions
Where: J.O. Wilson Elementary School
When: Friday, 8pm
The JO Wilson PTA will be hosting a Outdoor Family Movie Night for kids, families, neighbors and friends on Friday, May 20 starting at 8pm. The movie will be Minions and admission is free. We will have pizza, juice, water, and concession sales. We will also have pre-activities with music and games for all between 6:30 and 8:00. The activities and movie will take place on the JO Wilson soccer field at 660 K St NE. Bring your blankets, chairs, and picnic baskets. Fun for everyone. Alcoholic beverages not permitted.
Where: KIPP DC
When: Saturday,9:30am – 2:30pm
Students and families from across the region are invited to this highly interactive expo of hands-on, brains-on adventures for learners of all ages who want to explore, invent, and experiment.
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Where: Reston Town Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $5 suggestion donation
Experience the 25th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, an 11-block art walk filled with more than 200 artists from around the nation with their paintings, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, jewelry, and fine craft. Be inspired with art appreciation for all tastes and ages, interact with artists and learn about their processes, enjoy acclaimed family art-making activities in the Pavilion, and see innovative performances of dance inspired by public art installations.
Flocks and Farms Festival
Where: Black Hill Regional Park
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Join the Maryland Bluebird Society and Black Hill Nature Programs for a celebration of the conservation success stories of the Eastern Bluebird and Montgomery County’s very own Agricultural Reserve. Participants will learn how to help bluebirds and other cavity-nesters, while meeting farmers and organizations based in the Ag Reserve.
Full STEAM Ahead
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Families are invited to visit the Annmarie artLAB for hands-on investigations and challenges. This month’s “Wonderful Weather” themed session (and here I have to note the irony) will include a variety of fun and wildly creative games that will help kids explore, observe, ask questions, and make predictions about the world around them as they create and play.
Awesome Possum Book Reading!
Where: Upshur Street Books
When: Sunday, 1pm
Book it to Upsher Street, where author Sara Pascoe is giving a reading of her new children’s book, Oswald the Almost Famous Possum. The story is about fame-seeking opossum who must decide whether the promise of fame is more important to him than sticking by his friends is a fantasy chapter book for 7-9 year olds with great educational details sprinkled in about language (Oswald is a poet) and fun facts about the different animal characters (did you know opossums have opposable thumbs on their back legs?).
Seasonal fun, museums for free (even more than the usual), bargain shopping to support a school, art events to unleash your creativity, a truck touch, live entertainment, neighborhood celebrations, a dance party for little ones, and even more awesome activities make this round-up. Plus, the weather forecast indicates that these outdoor recs are a must-check, too. Happy Weekend!
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Celebrate the season at a festival this weekend. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities galore to help folks embrace the autumn spirit. This guide has details on a bunch of fall festivals around the area.
World of Wheels
Where: Dematha High School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5, $10/VIP package
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Prince George’s County is hosting its 3rd annual World of Wheels for CASA, a touch-a-truck event and family festival. All kinds of cool vehicles will be on site and open for guests to explore. Even better, Batman, himself, will appear with the Batmobile from 11am – 1pm, and the Maryland National Capitol Park Police Prince George’s County Mounted Division will be on hand throughout the day. On top of all that, there will be games, face painting, food, animals, and other fun activities. Proceeds from the event will help to raise funds to recruit and train more volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. The $10 VIP Package includes a bag with snacks, a drink, freebies from sponsors, and a moon bounce pass. Dematha High School is located at 4313 Madison St. in Hyattsville, Md.
Barracks Row Fall Festival
Where: 8th Street SE, Capitol Hill
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Showcasing the marine barracks and commerce on 8th Street SE in Capitol Hill, this annual festival is fun for all ages. Enjoy tours of the historic barracks, live entertainment, a petting zoo, food and art vendors, and tons of fun for kids, including the National Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo, back for another here of musical amusement. And a Beer Garden for grown-ups is a bonus.
Museum Day Live
Where: Various museums
There are some museums in the DC area that actually do charge admission. But on Saturday, Smithsonian Magazine is hosting it’s annual Museum Day Live!, when those that require us to open our wallets are free. You do have to register and bring a ticket (that is good for admission for two people), but it’s all complimentary!
Legendary Yard Sale
Where: Maury Elementary School
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free, but be ready to spend on awesome finds!
Bargain hunters take note: This is one Yard Sale you don’t want to miss! I know this because it’s for my kids’ school, so I’ve got the inside scoop on it and can say with certainty that it’s going to be huge and excellent. Clothes, toys, bikes, books, baby gear, housewares, furniture, and much more fantastic stuff will be on sale for super cheap. Even better, all proceeds help support a DC public school. Maury Elementary is located at 1250 Constitution Ave. NE.
Where: Leesburg Executive Airport
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
The 5th annual Leesburg Airshow will take to the skies with thrilling aerobatic demonstrations, sky divers, and more! Witness a showcase of impressive aircraft, classic cars, and a variety of exhibitors on the tarmac, food vendors, flight schools, and aviation clubs among them. Satellite parking locations will be at Heritage High School at 520 Evergreen Mill Rd SE or Tuscarora High School at 801 N. King Street, both in Leesburg. Shuttles will transport to the Airshow from there.
Where: Anacostia Park
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
This participatory art phenomenon will transform the beautiful outdoor space of Anacostia Park into a magical, colorful playground serving as an open platform for artists of all genres to engage with a diverse audience and share their artistic visions. Over 40 local DC area artists will present collaborative art projects and events at FIGMENT DC, including music, sculpture, visual art and mixed media, earth works, dance and movement, and story-telling. Some of the featured exhibits at this event include Bike Jousting, where participants can grab a bicycle and lance for the “Champion of Figment;” Cabana, a playful sculpture environment featuring plastic play balls suspended from an open umbrella, creating an immersive interactive experience; Kinetic Playhouse, inviting spectators take part in building a free flowing structure designed purely for play; and The Tactical Giggler, an interactive laugh factory featuring a variety of auditory, visual, and tactilestimulus to entertain, that engages and invites participants to inspire and ignite laughter. Additional projects include yoga, music, pillow fighting, and a caterpillar reminiscent of Wonderland.
Where: Revel’s Grove in Crownsville, Md
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $22/ages 16 and up, $10/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under
Enjoy the bounty of merriment at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual faire recalls medieval times with a village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite events in the DC area, and it could very well become one of yours, too. Huzzah!
Nats vs. Marlins
Where: Nationals Parks
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket Prices Vary
Catch the final games of the Nats regular season as our playoff-bound team takes on the Marlins. There are games Friday afternoon (1:05pm) and evening (7:05pm), Saturday (4:05pm), and Sunday (1:35pm). Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack promo and other goodies that will be offered throughout the weekend.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* See an opening weekend performance of The Night Fairyat Imagination Stage
* Be wowed by the acrobatic feats and playful performances of the Big Apple Circus!
* Catch Stuart Little at Adventure Theatre
* Go Under the Canopy with Arts on the Horizon
* Watch Rapunzel let down her hair as The Puppet Co. presents the marionette version of the classic fairytale.
* Pandamonium and World on a String are the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* The Twigs are playing the Saturday morning performance at Jammin’ Java
* Driving Miss Daisy is beginning its month-long run at Ford’s Theatre
* Enjoy Alice in Wonderland at Workhouse Arts Center
* Saturday Morning at the National is kicking off its fall season with “What’s that Sound?”, a journey through Latin America with interactive folktales
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Turn your world upside down at the National Zoo’s Sloth Day event. Visit the Small Mammal House during this fun family-friendly event and learn all about Sloths and their habitats. Take part in educational and fun activities for children and adults; listen to keeper talks, and watch live Sloth demonstrations.
Color the K
Where: Mount Vernon Triangle, 5th & K NW
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Be part of an inaugural art explosion event! “Color the K” is designed for full community participation and interaction, including free activities for all. Help create a temporary mural led by local artist Rose Jaffe, watch chalk art demos and do your own, enjoy a hardware art show hosted by 5th Street Ace Hardware, and more. Other art activities for kids and adults to explore will be held alongside the Saturday morning Mount Vernon Triangle FRESHFARM Market.
Fall Harvest Festival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: All weekend long
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child
Great Country Farms’ seasonal celebration begins this weekend and will run through October. Have an unforgettable experience picking pumpkins, cheering on the fastest piglet, smashing pumpkins with P-Rex, getting lost in the corn maze and tons more fun on the five acres of family-friendly amusement.
Where: Clarendon Metro
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Head to the area around the Clarendon Metro station for an event that brings the local community together. Dozens of vendors, food from neighborhood restaurants, music on two stages, fitness classes, and a KidZone will be part of the action. And this year they are bringing back the chili with the DC Chili Cookoff making the Clarendon Day locale their home.
Noyes Family Hoedown
Where: Kensington Town Hall
When: Saturday, 1-am – 12pm
Admission: $10/person, $25/max family
Dress in your cowboy boots and hats and head to Kensington for a hoedown that is not only fun for the whole family, but also helps support the Noyes Library Children’s Foundation. Enjoy square dancing, children’s crafts, fall games, snacks, and more. The Town Hall is located at 3710 Mitchell Street in Kensington, Md.
Baby Loves Disco
Where: Rock ‘n Roll Hotel
When: Saturday, 11am – 1:30pm
Admission: $18/person, $60/family 4-pack
The family dance party is back on H Street! The fun will feature BLD’s signature DJ and MC, along with all kinds of kids activities. The MC will pump up the crowd, and the DJ will spin G-rated dance tunes, while kids and parents groove along and enjoy the disco.
Where: DC Child and Family Services Agency
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Partners for Kids in Care (PFK), part of the Child and Family Services Agency serving nearly 3,000 children and youth in DC’s child protective system, wants to introduce their organization to YOU! They are inviting the public to learn more about ways to get involved with PFK at an Open House this Saturday. Stop by their in the Navy Yard area to find about their programs and initiatives and see their newly renovated Children’s Aspire Boutique (The Children’s Donation Center). In an effort to kick off their “Toiletry for Kids Campaign” they ask that each attendee bring a toiletry item or kit to place in the Children’s Aspire Boutique. Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, diapers and wipes for infants, children and teens are among the items they need. The DC Child and Family Services Agency is located at 200 I Street SE.
Where: Freedom Plaza
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Celebrate all things Turkish at the 12th Annual Turkish Festival on Sunday. Watch Turkish dance and stage performances, enjoy a Turkish coffee and tea and have and find out your destiny from the ever-popular Turkish fortune-tellers who read fortunes from coffee grinds, and sample Turkish cuisine from local restaurants. Shop an authentic Turkish bazaar featuring 25 vendors showcasing everything from Turkish jewelry to clothing to home accessories. And a “Kid’s Tent” will provide an interactive introduction to Turkey with hands-on activities for children of all ages.
Then & Wow!
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
This family festival is the Glen Echo Park Partnership’s annual celebration of the Park’s revitalization and recalling of its history. The event features kiddie rides and arcade games, as well as videos and an exhibition on the Park’s past. Other activities include carousel rides, face painting, vintage cars, magic shows with Jay Mattioli and Chris McCauley, and mini golf. Admission to the park is free, but rides and some activities require tickets.
Bargain hunters take note: This is one Yard Sale you don’t want to miss! I know this because it’s for my kids’ school, so I’ve got the inside scoop on it and can say with certainty that it’s going to be huge and excellent. Clothes, toys, bikes, books, baby gear, housewares, furniture, and much more fantastic stuff will be on sale for super cheap. Even better, all proceeds help support a DC public school.