So Kids Can Makes
Impact on D.C. Community
A trio of Capitals players recently found themselves
back in the classroom.
Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and Tom Wilson
gathered around a workstation in Mrs. Hutchins’ STEM
classroom, examining its content and listening intently as
Ramona Hutchins explained how the Sparkle Bots – an
all-female robotics team - and the Tiny Bots – fi rst through
third graders – utilize the lab.
“This is elementary level?” Wilson remarked, impressed
by the STEM supplies lining the tables, question of the
day – “How can robotics and automation help us to protect
the earth’s resources and environment?” and outer space
mural coating the wall.
Earlier that afternoon, 180 Hendley Elementary School
students gathered in the auditorium, where the threesome
presented the school with 75 laptops and 45 tablets donated
by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation,
along with a surprise announcement: the school will be
the recipient of funds raised through their player charity
So Kids Can during the 2018-19 season.
Backstrom, Holtby and Wilson, along with Elliot Segal
from the Elliot in the Morning show select a youth-focused
nonprofi t organization to partner with on a project.
The players and Segal donate $50 per Capitals win
during the regular season and $100 per Capitals win
during the playoffs.
This season, So Kids Can contributions will fund a So
Kids Can and Heart of America Foundation® makeover at
Hendley, which is also MSE Foundation’s adopted school.
The Heart of America Foundation®, a national nonprofi t
headquartered in the Washington, D.C., Metro area, transforms
spaces into modern learning environments so that
students and communities can learn and grow.
Through its educational space transformation program,
the Heart of America revitalizes technology labs,
school libraries, gyms and other educational spaces in
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