On Tuesday, April 8, more than 50 Princesses will visit a Washington, DC elementary school to read with students and discuss the importance of community service as part of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Each year since 1948, a Cherry Blossom Princess, age 19-24, is selected to represent each state and U.S. Territory based on academic achievement, community engagement, poise, and leadership skills. As part of the honor, Princesses spend a week in Washington, D.C. engaging in special events and community outreach initiatives.
While visiting Washington, D.C., the Princesses will participate in a literacy event at Cleveland Elementary School. The Princesses will read to students in small groups, provide two brand new books for each student to take home, and discuss the importance of serving our communities. The Heart of America Foundation® and the National Conference of State Societies have partnered annually since 2005 to host this event.
An award ceremony will recognize two students from Cleveland Elementary, who have shown tremendous compassion and leadership in their school community, as the recipients of the Heroes of the Heart® Award.
The Heart of America Foundation® has supported Cleveland Elementary since 2002 by providing over 27,000 books and other literacy resources.
Tuesday April 8th from 1:30PM- 2:30PM. Media check-in is at 1:15PM.
Cleveland Elementary School
1825 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
The National Conference of State Societies and the 2014 Cherry Blossom Princesses, in partnership with The Heart of America Foundation®. This event is open to the media.
About The Heart of America Foundation®
The Heart of America Foundation®, a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, DC, uniquely promotes volunteer service and literacy. The organization aims to inspire acts of service and a love of reading by providing children in need with the tools to read, succeed and make a difference. Committed to education and volunteerism, The Heart of America Foundation® engages volunteers by putting books into the hands of children who need them the most, and transforms school libraries and reading spaces in under-resourced communities into vital and vibrant centers of learning that become the heart of a school. Since 1997, The Heart of America Foundation® has provided children living in poverty with over 3.6 million library and take-home books, and has engaged volunteers in more than 1,037,500 hours of service to the community.www.heartofamerica.org
About the National Conference of State Societies
The National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) is the non-profit, voluntary umbrella association for the 50 states and territorial societies in the national capital area, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and CNMI.
NCSS plays a unique role in the National Cherry Blossom Festival® by sponsoring a series of events that highlight educational and cultural exchange programs for the Cherry Blossom Princesses who are college students or young professionals selected by state/territorial societies and embassies to represent them. Today, the festival is a cooperative effort of many organizations including the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., the Mayor’s office, the National Park Service, the Japan America Society of Washington DC, and NCSS, just to mention a few.