Garrison Elementary School Reading Program

For over 30 years, the SCCW has partnered with DC elementary schools that receive funding under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, meaning that the school is largely composed of students from low-income families. SCCW is currently partnering with the Garrison Elementary School, located at 12th and S Streets NW, a self-described “proud and intentionally-diverse community school.” Smith alum volunteers read to a classroom once or twice a month, strengthening the critical thinking skills and love of reading of children in Grades Pre-K through 3. Readers also enjoy helping children in the library, getting to know the teachers and other readers at the annual spring potluck, and donating needed school supplies at the SCCW Holiday Tea.

If you’re interested in enthusiastic greetings, farewell hugs, and a rapt young audience listening to your story in between, please contact Estrellita Fitzhugh ( or Mary Douglas (