One of the things dearest to our founder's heart was education. On the occasion of our 50th anniversary, AARP is celebrating that legacy by awarding high schools across the country grants totaling more than $1 million.
As reported in today's Washington Post, AARP CEO Bill Novelli, AARP D.C. State President Denise Rolark Barnes, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and 800 enthusiastic McKinley Technology High School students were on hand to celebrate their $100,000 award, which will deploy students via a technology van to teach participants at senior centers how to use computers.
AARP DC Director Mimi Castaldi, DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, McKinley Principal David Pinder, AARP DC President Denise Rolark Barnes, McKinley student Thandi Burrell, AARP CEO Bill Novelli and Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.
The first award of the more than $1 million was given to Lincoln High School in Los Angeles where AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus was a principal. The funds will establish a performing arts program for the school and refurbish its auditorium.
Learn more about the Ethel Percy Andrus Legacy Awards by visiting www.aarp.org/legacyaward.