It All Started With a Track!

bloqx HAE students and alumnae help break in the new Bloqx equipment.


Years ago, The Friends of Hendricks came together to help build a track for our school. Because of the generous support of Hendricks families and Business Partners, The Friends of Hendricks has grown and been able to provide so much more support for our school and to fill in gaps that DCPS budgeting may not allow. During the 2015 - 2016 school year, The Friends of Hendricks was able to positively impact our school by awarding $52,245 in grants to Hendricks Avenue Elementary.
In addition to awarding grants, each year, The Friends of Hendricks makes a “big ticket item” purchase for the school. This year, FOH's big ticket item addressed Principal Lacy Healy’s goal to update Hendricks’ aging playgrounds. Accordingly, the primary initiative of Walkathon 2016 was to provide new climbing equipment for the 3rd – 5th grade playground to replace older equipment that had been removed earlier in the year. Our students, Business Partners, and community embraced the challenge, and our 4th annual Walkathon raised over $60,005! Because of the phenomenal support, FOH was able to purchase Bloqx-- innovative climbing equipment that was installed and ready for students when they arrived for the very first day of the 2016-17 school year.
After much thought and consideration, the Bloqx equipment was chosen, as climbing is not only fun, but helps build physical strength, hand-eye coordination, and develop problem solving skills, confidence, focus and concentration. The new climbing equipment is just one of the many ways that your donation has helped The Friends of Hendricks enhance the educational experience at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School.