Ridgemont Elementary students to benefit from $5,000 Grant
Youngsters at Ridgemont Elementary and Early Childhood Center will receive new school uniforms thanks to the generous donation of a $5,000 AFL-CIO Adopt-a-School grant from the Fort Bend Employees Federation. Ridgemont is one of only 21 schools across the U.S. to receive the grant.
“We are proud to present this grant to Ridgemont and contribute to their positive school culture,” said Karrie Washenfelder, president of the Fort Bend Employees Federation.
Ridgemont is one of 12 Fort Bend ISD campuses that require students to wear uniforms to school each day, and is the only elementary campus to enroll students from as early as six weeks old (through the Head Start program) to fifth grade.
“We appreciate the AFL-CIO for supporting our school,” said Dr. Robert Long, principal. “The grant will help take the burden off of parents who may need assistance in providing uniforms for their young scholars.”
Members of the Fort Bend Employees Federation will continue their partnership with Ridgemont Elementary and Early Childhood Center by supporting the school as mentors, tutors and volunteers.
“Student success relies on joint efforts of the school staff, parents and the community,” said Linda Bridges, president of the Texas AFT. “We are excited to join in the partnership between AFL-CIO, the Fort Bend Employees Federation and Ridgemont Elementary for the betterment of students.”
Photo 1: Shown with supporters are (from left) Dr. Robert Long, principal at Ridgemont Elementary and Early Childhood Center; Dr. Xochitl Rodriguez, Assistant Superintendent; Karrie Washenfelder, president of the Fort Bend Employees Federation; Linda Bridges, president of the Texas AFT; Jeff Labroski, president of Tideland Central Labor Council of AFL-CIO; Gregory Granger, assistant principal at Ridgemont Elementary and Early Childhood Center; and Nick Cantu, Manager, Ridgemont Early Childhood Center.
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