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Simon School Committee

For over 20 years, WHC members have volunteered and supported the Abram Simon Elementary School, a D.C. public school named after our second senior rabbi.

Volunteers work closely with the school's principal, Dr. Sharon Holmes, to tailor programs that respond to the needs of the school. This partnership has flourished over the years and always on the lookout for new energy.

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.

Support Summer Camp

The cost for a child to spend a week at Camp is $250, and we welcome your support. To make an online contribution to help Simon students spend part of their summer at 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 WHC "Book Buddy" volunteers to improve reading, phonics, and writing skills.

These informal sessions provide an opportunity for students of all levels to improve their reading skills. This next academic year, Book Buddies' work with first graders will emphasize reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary building. The Book Buddies are always looking for new volunteers to join their team. No training is necessary: 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 carpool to the school. What are you waiting for? Become part of the solution-one little reader at a time!

Send a Kid to Camp

The importance of a camping experience is well-known to many of our congregants. The lessons learned away from home and school are often ones that stay with us the longest.

Thanks to generous donations from Temple members, this past summer WHC sent 55 Simon students to a one-week overnight camp at Camp Moss Hollow in Virginia. Our volunteers organized information sessions for parents, arranged physicals, assisted in filling out forms, and set up transportation for the students to and from camp.

Simon Fun Fair

Since 2005, WHC has co-sponsored an end-of-year carnival for Simon students.

We provide a face painter, a DJ, a balloon artist, and a climbing wall, as well as numerous craft tables run by WHC volunteers.