During the week of Thanksgiving, the advisors at Egan, Berger & Weiner as well as all staff in the Washington D.C. office participated in our annual community service event. This year, we visited the Northern Virginia Family Service Head Start Center in Arlington and had the privilege of reading to the children and helping them create a Thanksgiving-themed arts and craft project.
There are 210 students enrolled at the school during the 2018-2019 school year. Head Start promotes school readiness in low-income children ages 3 to 5, who may otherwise find themselves behind their peers in kindergarten. The program enhances the social and cognitive development of children through educational, health, nutritional, social and other services.
Breaking into groups of two, EBW employees visited classrooms and read the book Homer the Library Cat to the children. "This was our first time working with children as a team (a new territory for some of us) but everyone had a blast!" said Robin Lee. "Several of our EBW team members have young children, so we thought this would be a fun way to give back. The children were thoroughly impressed by the loud noise a simple paper cup could make!"
The kids, ages three to five, all thoroughly enjoyed the story and then they helped put together a turkey caller made from string, a paperclip, and a cup, to help get them excited for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
“We all enjoyed the opportunity to read to the children and spend some valuable time with them,” said Bryan Beatty, one of the partners at EBW. “With it being the week of Thanksgiving, all of us at EBW wanted the opportunity to give back to the community and spend some time with incredible kids.”
Matt Hixon, the newest employee at EBW and a recent graduate of Indiana University, said he enjoyed seeing the smiles on the children’s face when the arts and craft project was completed, and the noisemaker made the sound of the turkey.
“We got to spend 45 wonderful minutes with each group of kids and sitting down to instruct them how to put together the turkey caller and then watching them laugh when it made the first sound was a great way to get excited about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday,” he said.
Howard Pressman, a partner at EBW, said, "I had so much fun with the kids! To see their faces light up when the turkey calls first made sounds was priceless. The hugs we received was the icing on the cake. We owe the community so much and I can’t think of a better way to spend a day with my work family and these fantastic kids."