Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation Board of Director Information and Responsibilities
About the Pinkney Foundation and Cassandra’s Legacy.
The Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation exists to support Eagle Academy Public Charter School and make possible its commitment to providing a high-quality education to every child. We do this by investing in STEAM, technology, and SPED; supporting efforts to care for the “whole child”; giving back to the community; and exposing Eagle students to the possibilities of their future. Our goal is to help expand the horizons of Eagle students by giving them access to opportunities normally outside of their reach.

Cassandra S. Pinkney spent her life fighting for the children of DC. She remained firm in her belief that every child - regardless of background - should have access to a high-quality education. And she made it her life's work to fulfill that vision. Her passion for providing high-quality programs to low-income students is reflected in Eagle Academy, and through the Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation, it is our hope to continue her life's work for years to come. The Pinkney Foundation invests in resources and opportunities for students that Eagle Academy is unable to fund. With the foundations support, we can remove the physical, mental, and environmental barriers that have prevented generations of underprivileged children from reaching their dreams. Eagle Academy students are capable of changing the world. Your generosity helps them get started.

About Eagle Academy Public Charter School.
Eagle Academy PCS, established in 2003, is a high-performing community school in Washington, DC providing an innovative academic program to young children, from PreK-3 through Grade 3 (a total of 920 students), across two campuses located in Wards 6 and 8. The school educates each child through a holistic approach that includes the provision of health and social services. Eagle Academy's goal is to educate every child to the highest level possible. The program for all age levels focuses on readiness skills using developmentally appropriate activities with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through the Arts (STEAM). The school opened as the first exclusively early childhood public charter school in Washington, DC. Eagle Academy has the distinction of being the first early childhood public charter school in DC to be accredited through the prestigious Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and is authorized as a local educational agency by the DC Public Charter Schools Board.

Given the fact that most of Eagle’s students come from families and a community (Ward 8) with the highest rate of poverty in our nation's capital, the school’s leadership decided from the very beginning to be much more than just a high-performing school. Eagle Academy has an excellent track record of building relationships with a variety of community groups that benefits our students, their families and the broader community. Eagle Academy works closely with its students and students' families to identify their academic needs, and their health and daily living needs. We put in place safety nets for the hungry child (free breakfast, lunch and supper), for the sick child (e.g., three full-time school nurses and partnerships with the DC Department of Health Oral Health Division, and the DC Department of Behavioral Health), and social services for their parents.

About the Foundation Board.
The Pinkney Foundation Board is a select group of committed individuals who strive to make a difference in the lives of students and the communities our schools serve. While engaging in outreach and advocacy work, board members also gain the opportunity to:

1. Take an active and formative role in improving educational outcomes for students in Washington D.C.’s most underserved communities
2. Connect with other passionate professionals to enrich and strengthen their own personal impact and network of community leaders and education stakeholders
3. Interact within transformative, high-impact organizations leading the way in education reform

Responsibility.
Our board members are eager to take action. They commit their energy towards three primary responsibilities over the course of their term: advocacy, commitment, and investment.

Advocacy
1. Connect and build relationships with new external champions
2. Represent and advocate for the Foundation and Eagle Academy across networks
3. Actively seek new partners and friends of the Foundation and Eagle Academy

Commitment
1. Attend quarterly in-person board meetings
2. Act as member committees as necessary
3. Serve on host committees for fundraising events
4. Engage in two or more student-focused events annually, including:
Science Fair
Mother’s Day Tea
Father’s Day Griller
Math and Literacy Nights
Eagle days of service
School-based volunteer projects

Investment
1. Make and annual financial contribution to the Foundation via any combination of:
Individual fundraising campaigns
Monthly giving program memberships or sponsorships
Event ticket sales
Direct contributions

Join Us.
We are looking for motivated individuals to join us! Board members serve a term of one year, renewable annually.

Questions? Reach out to John Campbell at jcampbell@eaglecademypcs.org or 202.749.8647.

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