Changing Lives

Not every day do you get to see how your involvement, support and contributions touch the lives of children in your own community.  Here are stories of the amazing and inspiring children and organizations with whom we have the pleasure of working.

Making a Difference

INMED offers kids opportunities

In the 2017-2018 Loudoun County Public Schools academic year to date, INMED Partnerships for Children has delivered after-school programming to 30 at-risk elementary school children in Sterling whose families would otherwise be unable to access or afford quality after-school activities. Their academically-focused and outcome-based after-school program provides individualized assessments of academic skills, weekly one-on-one tutoring, daily homework assistance, computer lab tutorials, other educational activities including STEM/STEAM learning opportunities, special events, and nutritious snacks, which are particularly important since many children enrolled come from food-insecure households. Bus transportation is provided for children at three local schools.

Beyond these core offerings, INMED’s program also works to create even greater impact. Because the participating children face numerous stresses and challenges such as financial hardship, unstable homes, language barriers and one-parent households, death of a parent, etc., they are also actively working to strengthen the children’s developmental assets such as self-esteem, self-efficacy, mindfulness and persistence, which can have far-reaching positive effects beyond their performance in school.

INMED also includes a parent-school connections component, hosting monthly meetings to inform parents of their children’s progress in the program and to encourage their ongoing involvement in their children’s education. A total of 23 mothers and fathers have attended these meetings in the academic year to date. After-school program staff are also available for one-on-one meetings with parents when needed.

To date, the Paxton Memorial Trust has provided “scholarships” to seven students in the greatest need to ensure that they are able to participate in the program consistently without a financial burden to their families.

Activity Highlights

In addition to the core academic focus of the after-school program, students have also enjoyed a number of other special activities, such as a soccer skills workshop with a volunteer coach, piano lessons and freestyle playing of musical instruments, arts & crafts, and the opportunity to be a “paleontologist for a day” with a massive Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton model. In addition, the Sterling Library brings e-books and educational activities to the center every month.

One particular highlight was a visit by Dr. Vint Cerf, a Google vice president who is widely known as the “father of the Internet,” who spent an afternoon at the Opportunity Center in February, joining the children in a STEAM-related activity  creating personalized bracelets through a binary coding exercise.

GREAT WORK, INMED! The Paxton Trust is proud to make your wonderful program available to more children!

In Our Community

Back to school supplies drive

Thanks to our many donors and businesses in our community who believe in #givingback, our August school supplies drive was a resounding success! The Paxton Trust distributed 44 backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies to children in need in 14 elementary and 2 middle schools across Loudoun County. In addition, several programs like the YMCA Youth Development Center, All Ages Read Together, and Educando con Amor children’s bilingual literacy program all received boxes of supplies to begin the new year!

The Paxton Trust also hosted a “Back 2 School: Are you Smarter than a 5th grader” Trivia night at Black Hoof Brewery in Leesburg that collected supplies and donations for the drive. Local businesses such as Be Beauty, Living Realty, LLC, and InForm Fitness of Leesburg and Reston organized collections of school supplies for the drive. We appreciate the broad community-wide effort that allowed the Paxton Trust to serve so many children in need.

As cold weather approaches, the Trust will focus on collecting cold weather clothing such as SOCKS, Hats, gloves, coats, and boots to help make sure every child in Loudoun is warm and dry this winter.

In Our Community

Paxton’s Fun on the Fourth!

The 4th of July brought more than a great view of Ida Lee’s fireworks to the Paxton Campus as the Paxton Trust hosted “Paxton’s Fun on the Fourth” celebration for kids in the community! In the spirit of Rachel Paxton, who would invite the children of Loudoun to her property for performances and events, we invited children from the different organizations and agencies the Paxton Trust has served in the past year to enjoy games, snow cones, and a giant waterslide thanks to our corporate partner Virginia Fun Services! The music of Laurie Blue kept us entertained, and wonderful volunteers from St Gabriel’s Episcopal Church and our community helped the children make necklaces, a windsock, and other fun crafts in red, white, and blue!

It means so much to children in need in our community that the Paxton Campus provides these opportunities. One mom gave us this heartwarming feedback:

“Wow, what a wonderful event! We had a blast. My son did the water slide for 2 hours straight! Thanks very much to all who worked hard to put it together. It was the first year we’ve done anything to celebrate the fourth because I know the big event at Ida Lee would be too much for our family. Thanks again!” 

And from another family:

“…thank you, your staff and volunteers for making last night possible.  It is because of you that my family met two different friends we hadn’t seen in a while before we move to Charlottesville.  We watched the Leesburg fireworks for the first time (lived here 5 years), watched the fireflies and drove home in less than 15 minutes.  The Paxton Campus has been a place where special needs families can get support for years and we thank you!”

Everyone enjoyed the amazing (and beautiful) therapy dogs Nic and Chip of Summit Therapy Animal Services, LLC (and of course their talented handlers Michelle and Kris)! Our corporate partners such as Dos Tequilas Grill, Subway, Solo NY Pizza, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and the moms of Boy Scout Troop 1910 made sure no one went hungry!

The Paxton Trust strives to fulfill the vision of Rachel Paxton by serving children in need, and one way is in providing opportunities like these on the Paxton Campus.  We thank our corporate partners and tireless volunteers who made this a day to remember for so many children!