Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC has partnered with The SEED School of Washington, DC, the nation’s first urban public boarding school. This successful and innovative school was founded in 1998. The SEED School’s admissions are by lottery and open to any low-income family in the District willing to take a chance. Ninety-one percent of SEED students who enter the ninth grade graduate high school and ninety-five percent go on to college.
The SEED School’s goal is to prepare each child academically and socially for college and beyond. It provides the 325 children enrolled with a 24-hour supportive education environment in a four-acre sanctuary. Teachers are roles models who also encourage students to believe in themselves while providing personalised tutoring so each scholar can excel.
“Giving back to our community is an integral part of who we are and a natural priority for our staff,” says Christian Clerc, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. “There is no better cause than educating the young members of our community. We are delighted to partner and support The SEED School, a highly successful and innovative boarding school.”
The partnership between Four Seasons Hotel Washington and The SEED School includes:
From Seed to Tree package
The rooms package From Seed to Tree was created to help build and increase national and international awareness of The SEED School. Guests who purchase the package will be able to donate school supplies, bookstore gift cards, contribute to the school’s fund or sponsor programs from the SEED Wish List. Categories include tools for literacy, student enrichment, college readiness and infrastructure and sustainability. The Hotel will accept the supplies and deliver them on the guests’ behalf. Contact us for rates, which include complimentary overnight parking and a welcome amenity. For every package sold, Four Seasons Hotel Washington will contribute USD 50.00 per stay to The SEED School.
From March to May 2011, two SEED School students from the senior class completed internships in the housekeeping and accounting departments at Four Seasons Hotel Washington. In September, the Hotel hopes to welcome additional students as interns.
Dean’s List recognition
The Dean’s List scholars will be awarded a tour of Four Seasons Hotel Washington and invited to celebrate their hard work and achievement over lunch at BOURBON STEAK.
As the new school year begins, Four Seasons managers will become mentors to SEED students.
Vegetable and herb garden
Hotel Executive Chef Douglas Anderson and Director of Engineering Tony Savage along with Four Seasons Washington Community Outreach Committee has built and planted a vegetable and herb garden at The SEED School. The garden will be maintained by SEED students and Four Seasons staff. Chef Anderson will also use the garden as a tool to educate the children on the importance of growing fresh produce and healthy eating habits.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington will be hosting a private lunch at BOURBON STEAK to honour teachers this school year and donating gift certificates for these very special teachers. The Teachers of the Year will receive an overnight stay at the Hotel in a suite with dinner in BOURBON STEAK and brunch for two in Seasons restaurant. Other gift certificates will be dinner for four people at BOURBON STEAK or two Spa treatments.
In addition to these six key programs the Hotel has also invited SEED teachers to hold an internal meeting on property over lunch and will also host a special tea for 30 students this month.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington is proud to be associated with The SEED School and looks forward to continue to enhance this great partnership.
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