William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge No. 7 partnered with School Without Walls at Francis Stevens in the West End neighborhood for the fourth year in a row. The lodge allocates money from its charity budget to provide for something new for the school to help them in their academic mission. In years past this has included bulletin boards, book cases, storage cabinets and some picnic tables.
This year, Worshipful Master Adam Tager, working with the school, purchased a dozen picnic tables. Under the leadership of Senior Steward Graham Keithley, Masons from Singleton Lodge and several friends of the lodge constructed these tables on Saturday August 20th. Now, two whole classes can now go out and enjoy the weather. This is also an added benefit for the community. On the weekend, the park is used by community members and now provides them a place to sit and enjoy the natural beauty of the park. During the George Washington University's Day of service in September these picnic tables will be painted in delightful colors to become an even nicer amenity to the school community.
St. John's Lodge #11 partnered with Hands on DC and the faculty and staff at Ketcham Elementary School to spruce up the landscape, clean up the real school garden, and organize a number of different parts of the school.
Hands on DC is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the learning environment in DC public schools. Hands on DC works on community engagement with public schools and supports scholarships for local DCPS students.
St. John’s has already renewed their commitment to assist Hands on DC to assist with next year’s Back To School efforts.