A District high school principal has been recognized for her efforts to bridge the gap between Dunbar Senior High School and its alumni.
Dunbar Principal Harriett Kargbo was one of 25 high school principals nationwide to receive a $3,000 grant from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife Foundation. The grant is for programs or initiatives that bring schools and their communities closer together.
Dunbar students will chronicle, record and preserve oral histories of alumni to learn what has become of their lives and to uncover the history of the school. Once the project is complete, Kargbo, Dunbar students and alumni will converge at an assembly where planned topics will include growing up in the District, attending Dunbar and post-graduation preparation.
More information about the grants is available at www.principals.org.
Center Changes Name
The Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center last week changed its name to "CentroNia," a combination of the Spanish, Swahili and Esperanto languages loosely translated to mean "our purpose center."
"Centro" is "center" in Spanish, and "Nia" is "purpose" in Swahili and "our" in Esperanto.
Despite the name change, the 18-year-old nonprofit organization says its mission of helping to educate and support families remains the same.
For information about the organization, visit www.centronia.org.
DHS Gets Federal Award
The D.C. Department of Human Services has received a second federal award in as many weeks for high-level performance in its administration of the food stamp program.
The department was presented with $379,557 for having one of the four highest "participant access rates" in the country. That rate measures how well the city reaches out to needy families to ensure that they get the food stamps they are eligible to receive. With the earlier prize of $588,000 for its accuracy in determining who is eligible for food stamps in the District, the city's food stamp program won nearly $1 million in less than two weeks' time.
The 2002 Farm Bill requires the federal government to give financial rewards for excellence to social service departments.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
District residents may dispose of hazardous waste at the Carter Barron Amphitheater parking lot at 16th and Kennedy streets NW from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Materials being collected include cleaning and gardening chemicals, gasoline, pesticides, poisons, aerosols, automotive fluids and batteries of all kinds. Materials such as explosives, bulk trash, propane tanks, appliances and radioactive or biologically active wastes will not be accepted. All items collected will be picked up by the D.C. Department of Public Works and taken to a federally approved, environmentally safe site for disposal.
Televisions, audio equipment and computers that can be recycled will also be picked up at Carter Barron. Cracked or shattered television and computer monitor screens will not be accepted.
The recycling is free and open to the public. More detailed information is available at the department's Web site, www.dpw.dc.gov.
-- Compiled by BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT