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Simon School Committee

For over 20 years, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s members have volunteered their time, enthusiasm, and financial support to the Simon Elementary School, a D.C. public school named after our second senior rabbi, Abram Simon.

Volunteers on the Simon School Committee work closely with the school's principal to tailor programs to the needs of the school. This flourishing partnership is eager to welcome new volunteers. Learn more about some of the opportunities to lend a hand below.

Summer Camp for Simon Students

For 50 years, Family Matters of Greater Washington has offered a summer home-away-from-home to vulnerable and at-risk children in D.C. Included in this population are the children who attend Abram Simon Elementary School.

For the past 15 years, you have made it possible for more than 500 kids from Abram Simon Elementary School to spend part of their summer at Camp Moss Hollow. Camp is more than just some time away. Many of these children have never left the District and most have never been away from home. Moss Hollow is such a life-changing experience that many kids return year after year until they age out — and then they come back as camp staff or counselors.

The cost for a child to spend two weeks at Camp Moss Hollow is $400.

Support Summer Camp

To make an online contribution for summer camp, click here, then select "Abram Simon Elementary School Camp Fund" from the drop-down list of funds on the web page that opens. For assistance, contact Petra Tchouante, 202-895-6318.

Thank you for your continued support.

Giant A+ Program

Your regular grocery purchases can support the students at Simon by connecting your Giant card to the A+ program.

Last year, over 300 WHC members connected their Giant cards to Simon, resulting in $6,622.50 donated to the school by Giant – that's money the school was able to use to supplement their budget. This year, we hope to do even better!

Participating in the A+ program is an easy way to make a huge difference in the lives of these children and their dedicated teachers. It's 100% free for you to participate and it does not affect any other Giant programs, like discounted gas.

If you have your 12 digit Giant card number, click here to register for the program. You can also split your donations with one other school by providing us with the other school's name.

Don't have a Giant card number? Call the Giant hotline at 1-877-366-2668, option 2.

Book Buddies

Since 2007, students have worked one-on-one with Book Buddy volunteers to improve reading, phonics, and writing skills, as well as new technology and keyboarding. The Committee provides ample volunteer training, and the only requirements are a good sense of humor and the ability to find one afternoon every week or every other week to commit to the kids at Simon. Volunteers work in teams and are able to carpool to the school.

Simon Fun Fair

Since 2005, we have co-sponsored an end-of-year carnival for Simon students, complete with face painter, DJ, balloon artist, and climbing wall, as well as craft tables staffed by our volunteers.