Thursday, March 9: Pre-Conference Day

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Morning Meal Preparation at DC Central Kitchen: Meet at DCCK at 8:45am to be a part of the daily morning meal preparation. Participants will work alongside graduates of DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program to prepare nutritious meals by cutting, chopping and/or peeling thousands of pounds of otherwise wasted food. With the help of volunteers DCCK prepares and delivers more than 5,000 meals to partner homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, halfway houses, and after-school programs each day. No cooking or food service experience is required.  Storage space for volunteer personal belongings is limited, so please plan to travel light. Weekday morning volunteers are invited to stay for lunch at 12:00 PM. This activity is limited to 15 participants.  Transportation is not provided, but DCCK is within walking distance of the Judiciary Square Metro station (Red Line).
Dress Code: Safety is our number one concern. All volunteers must wear appropriate and professional attire suitable for an industrial production kitchen. Please wear closed toed shoes, sleeves and long pants. Shoes with high-grip soles are strongly recommended. 

Tour of the National Museum of American History: Go on a VIP tour the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History. This hour long tour, led by a NMAH docent, will highlight the various exhibits and artifacts on display at the museum. Space is limited to 20 participants for this activity. Tour begins at 10:30am. Transportation is not provided, but the NMAH is within walking distance of the Metro Center (Red Line), Federal Center and Smithsonian (both Orange/Blue Lines) Metro stops.

Tour of the United States Capitol with a guide from Senator Mark Warner’s (VA) Office: A visit to D.C is not complete without a guide of the US Capitol building. The tour will begin with screening of E Pluribus Unum. After this brief film, the group will go on a guided tour of the Rotunda, Old Supreme Court chambers, Statuary Hall and other spaces in the Capitol building. Space is limited to 15 participants for this activity. Tour begins at 2:00p.

National Network of Schools in Partnership Panel: Join the National Network of Schools in Partnership for an active workshop on integrating service learning and community engagement into your curriculum.  Hear specific examples from schools on how they have transformed their programs into school-wide, curricular-based programs. Spend time brainstorming and planning with other participants and leave with ideas and inspiration on how to better include partnership and community engagement programs into a whole school curriculum.The panel will take place from 2:30-4:30pm at the GDS HS campus (4200 Davenport Street NW). Registration is limited to 15 participants.

Networking Happy Hour at Clyde’s of Chevy Chase: Join us for a networking happy hour at Clyde’s of Chevy Chase (5441 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815) from 4:30-7:00p. We will gather at the downstairs bar. All are welcome-Registration for the Pre-Conference Day not required.