All Children’s Guild Alliance’s schools are closed through Friday, April 24.  Our physical headquarters, McClean, is currently closed along with our Conference Center. Our staff is teleworking and maintaining regular operating hours.  We want to ensure all children have access to meals while schools are closed,  Maryland and DC  are offering free weekday student meals at many sites. Coronavirus prevention and FAQ’s can be found on CDC’s website.

All Children’s Guild Alliance’s schools are closed through Friday, April 24.  Our physical headquarters, McClean, is currently closed along with our Conference Center. Our staff is teleworking and maintaining regular operating hours.  We want to ensure all children have access to meals while schools are closed,  Maryland and DC  are offering free weekday student meals at many sites. Coronavirus prevention and FAQ’s can be found on CDC’s website.

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Monarch Academy Annapolis launched this week a two-week gratitude program called the “Look for the Good Project,” where students share their gratitude with others, add notes to a “Gratitude Wall,” write letters of appreciation and perform acts of kindness throughout the school. The program will take place through Jan. 17, 2020 with a “Family Gratitude Night” on Jan. 15, 2020.

“We’re kicking off the new year with a focus on gratitude,” said Rachel Amstutz, principal of Monarch Academy Annapolis. “This is a simple yet amazing program that brings together students and staff to share what they’re thankful for with each other. It’s a powerful experience.”

The program comes from Look for the Good Project, a nonprofit organization in Connecticut that seeks to “make America kind, one school at a time” following the “belief that gratitude changes mindsets, reduces violence, and improves everything.” In three years, 121,545 elementary school children in 30 states have participated in the Look for the Good Project’s school program, generating almost 2 million messages of gratitude to inspire kindness in their communities.

For more information about the program, visit www.lookforthegoodproject.org.

Monarch Academy charter and contract schools are affiliate members of The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of The Children’s Guild Alliance include The Children’s Guild, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, The Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, The Transformation Education Institute, National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN), and The National Children’s Guild Fund. (www.childrensguild.org)