Loudoun's Title I elementary schools will have a community initiative expanded and receive help funding a social worker position thanks to a $67,000 donation from McLean-based wealth management firm Pactolus, LLC.
Pactolus donated to match a challenge issued by 100WomenStrong at the group's 10th anniversary celebration.
The funds will help expand the Community School Initiative to include Forest Grove, Sugarland, Guilford, Sully, Sterling, and Rolling Ridge elementary schools. The funds will help support the CSI program, officials said.
The CSI began as a pilot program at Sterling Elementary School in 2015. It was spearheaded by 100WomenStrong, is overseen by LCPS and the Loudoun Education Foundation and is designed to bring together nonprofits, private companies and government agencies for the benefit of school community, according to 100WomenStrong officials.
“I have watched this program flourish over the years and have been very impressed with 100WomenStrong’s innovative approach to supporting education in Loudoun County,” Pactolus CEO and founder Alan Harter said in a prepared statement. “I am proud to invest in this initiative and offer the group and the school system the opportunity to help level the playing field for these children and their families.”
With a community school approach, vulnerable children and their families have better access to a range of services addressing issues such as health, language barriers, food insecurity and school readiness.
The Community School Initiative also includes programs that are designed to increase parental involvement and help children improve attendance and grades. Most of the CSI activities are offered free of charge or at reduced cost.
“We are thrilled to have Pactolus supporting our efforts to continue to change the face of education in Loudoun County,” 100WomenStrong Founder and President Karen G. Schaufeld said in a prepared statement.
Schaufeld said it will take close to $400,000 to support the expansion of the initiative for the next three years, and 100WomenStrong hopes others will take Pactolus’s lead in donating to support the program.
"Frankly, an investment in children and families in underserved areas of Loudoun County is an investment in the overall health and well-being of the entire county,” Schaufeld said in a statement.