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Higher Achievement Program Seeks Volunteers

The Higher Achievement Program needs 60 more volunteers to mentor students from under-resourced neighborhoods one night per week.

Mentors for the program work with up to four middle school students to increase their skills in reading, math and technology. They meet with the students once a week in HAP’s Neighborhood Achievement Centers from 6 to 8 p.m.

HAP is an academic program that “challenges underserved D.C. middle school students to think and behave like scholars.” HAP helps the students develop “the critical academic behaviors, skills and attitudes that improve grades, test scores and opportunities.”

Motivated students enroll with HAP for 15 hours of additional classes in literature, math and technology each week.

“Our volunteer learning mentors are critical to the success of HAP scholars,” said Maureen Holla, executive director of HAP. Volunteers “must demonstrate great enthusiasm for learning, and have a desire to help students exceed expectations.”

To volunteer, call HAP at (202) 842-5116, visit or e-mail

Frederick Douglass House to Switch Schedule

Starting Oct. 16, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site will operate under its fall and winter hours.

The site, located at 1411 W St. SE, will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

For more information, contact the site at (202) 426-5961 or visit

— Joanna Stein

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