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The Popcorn Club

The POPCORN CLUB after school program was established in 2004 as a reading and educational enrichment program.  Over the past twelve years, the program has evolved into a critical supplement to the learning students receive in school and a support for the students who participate in the program.  Beyond helping the students with homework assignments, the nine mentors develop experiences to expand the students’ world, including cultural activities, books, discussions and field trips.  The Popcorn Club has served students in several locations since its inception.  In 2015, the program moved to William Beanes Elementary School, in Suitland, Maryland and now serving students in the second and third grades. Program mentors conduct sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. In addition to working with students on reading, oral expression, and homework assignments, the program is focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical) knowledges.


The highlight of the 2015-2016 program year was an invitation for the students to attend the White House Spring Garden Tour as a result of individuals letters which the students had written to President Obama during Black History Month. For some students it was their first trip to Washington, DC and/or The White House.

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