Ashburn Student’s Rap Wins $5K Grant for Elementary School

An Ashburn fourth-grader is already gaining national attention for her rapping skills. No really.

Kashvi Ramani, a student at Belmont Station Elementary School, is a national grand prize winner in Scholastic’s “BE A BACKYARD SUPERHERO” contest. Kashvi wrote an original rap song, “Outdoor Saviors,” about taking care of green spaces.

Her rap was chosen as the best in the grade 3-5 category, out of 790 entries nationwide. Her win secured a $5,000 grant from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s Research and Education Foundation and Scholastic. The money will be put toward improving the yard and green space at Belmont Station Elementary.

To enter the contest, students created an original picture using character cutouts from Scholastic’s TurfMutt series, and wrote stories to accompany their artwork showing how they are “backyard superheroes” who are combating environmental villains while saving living landscapes.

Belmont Station Elementary student Kashvi Ramani, alongside Regional Director for Scholastic National Partnerships Casey Mindlin, performs her original rap song, “Outdoor Saviors” for her classmates Wednesday.
Belmont Station Elementary student Kashvi Ramani, alongside Regional Director for Scholastic National Partnerships Casey Mindlin, performs her original rap song, “Outdoor Saviors” for her classmates Wednesday. (Photo by OPEI)

Kris Kiser, OPEI’s president and CEO, presented a check to Kashvi during a school assembly Wednesday. His rescue dog, Lucky, the hound that inspired the TurfMutt environmental education and stewardship program, was also in attendance.

“This year’s contest entries were very creative. Creating stories and art helps children apply and share what they are learning,” Kiser stated. “It’s really heartwarming to see so many children want to take care of green spaces.”

The TurfMutt environmental education program is funded and managed by OPEI’s Research and Education Foundation. The program’s materials, available at TurfMutt.com, are free and aligned to science, technology, engineering and math standards for grades K-5.

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