Telos Corporation in Ashburn has donated $25,000 to help expand the Community School Initiative to all six Loudoun County Title 1 schools. The CSI program is spearheaded by 100WomenStrong in partnership with the Loudoun Education Foundation.
The expansion of the CSI program includes hiring an additional Loudoun County Public Schools social worker to support the Title 1 school CSI parent liaisons as they work with area nonprofits, private companies and government agencies for the benefit of school children, their parents and the surrounding community. The program began in 2015 at Sterling Elementary and has expanded to include Forest Grove, Sugarland, Guilford, Sully, and Rolling Ridge elementary schools beginning in Fall 2019.
“Telos is one of the most involved and philanthropic companies in Loudoun County, and it has long been a supporter of innovative educational initiatives here,” said Karen G. Schaufeld, founder and president of 100WomenStrong, a group of philanthropists seeking to strategically invest in organizations and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County residents. “We are honored that Telos chose to help us raise the $400,000 it will take to support the expansion of the CSI for the next three years. The investment in these schools will have a long-term effect on the overall health and well-being of our entire county, and we are hoping others will follow Telos’ lead in supporting the CSI.”
The community school approach provides vulnerable children and their families with a range of services addressing health issues, language barriers, food insecurity, school readiness, and more. By providing these programs at the school, working parents do not have to worry about how to ensure their children can participate in activities and enrichment programs. The initiative also includes programs that are designed to increase parental involvement and help children improve both attendance and grades. Most of the CSI activities are offered free of charge or at reduced cost because of donations of time and services from numerous community organizations.
“A strong education system is one of the pillars of a great community,” said John B. Wood, CEO and chairman of Telos. “And the strength of a public-school system is in part defined by its willingness and ability to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children. We are proud to be long-standing members of the Loudoun community, and are happy to help expand the Community School Initiative to our Title I schools.”
The program is supported by a $100,000 challenge grant from 100WomenStong that was immediately matched by the SunTrust Foundation. They are seeking to have others in the community match their donations to raise a total of $400,000 to support the initiative
The challenge grant issued by 100WomenStrong has generated $120,163 of the $200,000 in donations made by organizations across Loudoun County. To contribute, go to communityfoundationlf.org/100womenstronglti.
To learn more about the challenge grant, go to: onehundredwomenstrong.org/news-cat/spotlight/.