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Mayor Bowser Announces Successful Implementation of President Obama’s Education Initiative

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
ConnectED Challenge fulfillment gives 70,000 District students easier access to public libraries

(Washington, DC) – Tomorrow, November 25 at 10 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennie Niles, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavalin, and education leaders will host a press conference to celebrate the District’s successful response to President Obama’s ConnectEd Library Challenge. In April, President Obama launched the ConnectED Library Challenge right here in the District, at the Anacostia Library. More than 30 communities, including DC, committed to giving students access to city libraries and all of the many resources that libraries offer.

The DC One Cards for all middle and high school public school and charter students’ (approximately 70,000) have been upgraded to include a public library card. This is in addition to the resources  the DC One Card already provides, including access to schools, recreation centers, and Kids Ride Free benefits.

The ConnectEd Library Challenge is a bold initiative to connect all of America’s schools and libraries to the digital age, to jumpstart learning technology, and to ensure that America’s young people can benefit fully from new advances in digital content and connectivity.

Wednesday, November 25 at 10 am
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd
Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles
DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan
DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson
DC Charter School Board Chair Darren Woodruff

Petworth Neighborhood Library
4200 Kansas Avenue, NW
*Closest Metro: Georgia Avenue-Petworth Station*