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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 the past 16 years, you have made it possible for more than 500 kids from Abram Simon Elementary School to spend part of their summer at Camp.

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. Camp 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 a week at Camp is $250. You can also support our campers by purchasing the supplies they need while they're away. Click here to visit our Amazon Wish List.

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.

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.