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Dear Supporter,

Are you walking with me this year at the Bright Beginnings Annual 5K Race? I won’t set a fast pace but I will set a steady pace toward the finish line at Hains Point on Saturday, May 14. I love to be among the crowd of Bright Beginnings supporters and new friends making a visible and physical statement about our support for homeless families with young children in our community. I always imagine the tiny little feet of our children from 6 weeks to 5 years old as I’m walking the thankfully flat surface at Hains Point. I’m sure many of you will be racing past me to the finish line toward the incredible race day prizes organized by our wonderful, long-time and founding partner, the Junior League of Washington. These dedicated women procure sponsorships, runners and walkers and donate $40,000 or more to help our families and their young children each year. Nearly 200 runners are registered for our Annual 5K but there is still room for you to join the fun. Getting on our feet helps homeless families get back on their feet. I’ll see you there!


Dr. Betty Jo Gaines
Executive Director

P.S. Register for the Bright Beginnings Annual 5K today and make a meaningful impact on our children and families!

Register for the race and run (or walk) for homeless families.

Sign upas a sponsor to help homeless families in our community.

If you cannot attend the race, please make a donationfor our community’s most vulnerable families.

Celebrating young children with multicultural flair

Bright Beginnings celebrated our young children throughout the month of April with multicultural activities featuring children’s music, books, dance, flowers and food from diverse countries, such as the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Guyana, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Libya, Nigeria, Senegal and Trinidad. Our parents, children, staff and volunteers shared their cultural heritage or favorite countries in many creative ways through our Multicultural Fair, Multicultural Parade and classroom activities.

Each year, Bright Beginnings expands the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child, celebrated April 10-16, into a month long celebration of our children that focuses public attention on the needs of young homeless children and their families.

See our multicultural celebration photo album.

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Are you still looking for that one of a kind gift to top what your sibling is going to get? How about making a gift to Bright Beginnings in honor of your mother? Let her know that you were listening when she taught you to give back to your community. We’ll send your mother a special card acknowledging your gift and telling her about the big impact your gift will make on the lives of homeless families and their young children.

Thanks for the memories! See the Read Across America Photo Album
Thanks to all the individuals, groups and corporations who helped us exceed our 400-book Read Across America goal! With your help, we read 465 books during March! Browse our photo album to see some really wonderful pictures of volunteers, children and lots of books. If you missed the opportunity to volunteer during Read Across America month, don’t forget that there is more that you can do to help these families and kids. Volunteer with us! Connect us to your network! Invest in these children and families!


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Bright Beginnings Inc.
128 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 842-9090 | Fax: (202) 842-9095

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