The Dale Jr. Foundation, in conjunction with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the Heart of America Foundation, celebrated the grand opening of the brand-new LaSalle-Backus Educational Campus Library in Washington, D.C. today. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who co-founded TDJF in 2007 with his sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, attended the celebratory event.
The trio of foundations combined to transform the former library into a new learning center, complete with updated paint schemes and décor, 350 new books, new technology and new furniture to aid in the education of students in the area. It’s a continuation of LBEC’s commitment to literacy. LBEC has worked long and hard to improve literacy through the 2017-18 Redskins Read Program, an incentive-based reading program that helps teachers expand on current curriculum for fourth- and fifth-grade students and increase reading scores.
“The only way to be productive is to be positive,” the 15-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver—and lifelong Washington Redskins fan- said prior to the event. “Reading is a great escape. Diving into a good book can transport you out of your circumstances and into a whole other world where anything is possible, and that is what this project is all about.”
TDJF, whose mission is to give underprivileged individuals with a focus on youth, the resources to improve their confidence and education, and the opportunity to achieve extraordinary goals, provided support for the project, which injects technology, color and innovation into the structure.
Numerous volunteers were on hand, including Earnhardt Jr., and several Washington Redskins players, and assembled custom Redskins-themed furniture, stocked bookshelves and helped decorate the space prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Dale is a longtime Redskins fan and our Foundation is dedicated to providing hope to disadvantaged youth – so this was a perfect way for us to fulfill our mission while partnering with a team that is near and dear to Dale’s heart,” said Emily DiNunzio, development director for The Dale Jr. Foundation.
Students also participated in a Book Celebration and selected four books for their home libraries.
ABOUT THE DALE JR FOUNDATION:
The Dale Jr. Foundation is a charity dedicated to giving underprivileged individuals with a focus on youth, the resources to improve their confidence and education, and the opportunity to achieve extraordinary goals. The Dale Jr. Foundation has made a monumental impact in the local community since its beginning. Dedicated to giving underprivileged individuals, with a focus on youth, the resources to achieve extraordinary goals, TDJF has contributed to more than 300 charities nationally and locally, including The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Blessings in a Backpack, Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ace and TJ’s Grin Kids, and Mooresville Christian Mission. For more information, visit www.thedalejrfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION:
The Redskins Charitable Foundation is ever-present in the community, constantly working to achieve our mission to make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of children that need it most. Since Redskins owners Dan and Tanya Snyder created the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation in 2000, we have given back more than $23M to the community and currently provide support and services to more than 150,000 individuals (mostly children) annually, focusing on supporting education, children’s health and wellness and preparing them for their future. For more information on the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s programs and events or to donate, visit www.redskins.com/community or follow the Foundation on Twitter at @RedskinsCR and Instagram at @redskinsgiveback.
ABOUT THE HEART OF AMERICA FOUNDATION:
The Heart of America Foundation®, a national nonprofit headquartered in the Washington, D.C. Metro area, transforms spaces into modern learning environments so that students and communities can learn and grow. Through the its educational space transformation program, the Heart of America revitalizes technology labs, school libraries, gyms and other educational spaces in under-resourced communities into vital and vibrant centers of learning. Since 1997, Heart of America has provided children in need with more than 4 million library and take-home books and vital technology and has transformed nearly 400 educational spaces nationwide. The organization has engaged volunteers in more than one million hours of service to communities across the country. For more information, please visit http://www.heartofamerica.org/
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!