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Friends of RCHS supports the whole student and their educational needs so they can develop the academic, emotional, and creative tools they need to succeed beyond high school, into college, with their career, and to create a more just and equitable society.
FEEDING OUR FAMILIES - Support during Covid
Friends of RCHS has been working since March to provide groceries to families facing food insecurity due to Covid and related job loses. Where some individuals can access unemployment benefits, other freelance, temporary, or seasonal workers aren't allowed that safety net. Please consider making a donation to our grocery fund here.
Brookland Park Community Garden is a collaborative project between the Northside neighborhood and the students of RCHS managed by Friends of RCHS. The Garden to Table program allows students to manage a small business, learn about the environment and urban agriculture, and allows them to service their community through produce distribution to the food insecure.
Garden to Table - Students Give Back
Thank you for your help with the "Dorm Store" which outfitted over 40% of seniors with items they needed to start freshman year.
Current - College Readiness programs include:
Career exposure - shadowing and internships
College Campus visits
Personal Aptitude and Interest Surveys
AP Seminar and Research
AP, SAT and other test prep
College Readiness Programs
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Our students, just like many adults, are feeling the stress and anxiety brought by isolation and fears related to the pandemic. Students are excited to see conversations and actions taking place around improving their communities, while also feeling scared and uncertain about what will happen next.
Current events add to issues our students already face of depression, anxiety, self doubt, and other mental health concerns.
We are working to find grant funding and sponsors to put a mental health and wellness program into place at RCHS. Our mindfulness room will offer self care programs like exercise, yoga, meditation and small group support as well as provide a safe space for students to take a break and meet with a mental health professional as needed.
RCHS Traditions Alive and Well
Freshman Orientation is the only program of its kind in the area that gives students a full week of summer programming to prepare them for the rigor and traditions of RCHS
Mini-Mesters are a 40 year tradition that provide for all students to experience hands on learning and visits to East Coast colleges for a week in the spring. A poll of alumnus showed that an overwhelming majority of former RCHS students identified the Freshman Camping trip as their most memorable experience.
Hands on Classroom learning supported by FAMILY is the keystone to RCHS student success. This school has seen over 97% of graduates attend college post graduation - unprecedented for an urban public school.