Parkside-Kenilworth wins Promise grant
A Ward 7 community that aspires to create the District's version of the Harlem Children's Zone won a $500,000 "Promise Neighborhood" grant from the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday to move closer to that goal. Parkside-Kenilworth is one of 21 communities nationwide that received a total of $10 million in seed money to help duplicate Geoffrey Canada's Harlem initiative, designed to provide a seamless web of social and educational services for low-income children and families from birth through college.
The D.C. effort is headed by Irasema Salcido, CEO of Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools, which operates a middle and high school campus in Parkside. Salcido has assembled a coalition of local and national players, including DCPS, Children's National Medical Center, Community College of the District of Columbia and America's Promise Alliance to invest in the neighborhood -- which is actually five distinct neighborhoods with 2,000 poor children. City Interests, a D.C. development company, wants to build 1500 units of mixed income housing linked to the Minnesota Ave. Metro station by a pedestrian bridge over I-295. A philanthropy run by the daughter of billionaire investor Warren Buffett wants to open an early-childhood education center adjacent to Neval Thomas Elementary School.
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