Dear EverWonder families,
It has been a delight to serve the families of the DC Metro Area over the past ten years. EverWonder started with a small two-day camp at ASFS in the fall of 2011 and quickly grew to provide programming for thousands of children in Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Falls Church and Washington, DC. As with many businesses, the past two years have been a roller coaster. We were able to pivot to offer EverWonder @ Home in the summer of 2020 and built over 1,000 CampKits for curbside pick up, delivery and shipping. Last summer, with strong mitigation protocols, EverWonder was able to safely open a small, in-person six week summer camp serving 50 children each week.
The continued uncertainty of the pandemic coupled with higher overhead costs have compelled me to make the difficult decision to close EverWonder's doors. I cannot thank you enough for entrusting EverWonder with the care of your children for so many years. It has been wonderful to watch your children grow through the years. They are a joy.
I have always said EverWonder is only as strong enough as its staff. Our teachers are amazing educators and incredible people. A special thank you goes out to Eby Okonkwo, Shakina Hardy, Allison Ransom, Erica Fountain, Yarikza Galeas and Valerie Steenstra for going above and beyond last summer. They ensured your children were safe while also making sure they had a great time at camp. Their schools are so lucky to have them.
I also want to thank our wonderful community partners. They include Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Pie-Tanza, National Presbyterian School, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, The Falls Church Episcopal, The Langley School, and Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School.
As for me, I have always found great fulfillment in giving back to others and will likely explore opportunities in the non-profit sector. For now, I am going to continue with my board responsibilities at Read Early and Daily and hope to volunteer more in Arlington.