CHANTILLY, Va., Nov. 30, 2021 – On Nov 30th, Asha-Jyothi (AJ) hosted Educate-Innovate awards ceremony at Rocky Run Middle School (RRMS), co-hosted by RRMS Principal Ms Amy Goodloe. Several school principals from Fairfax county public schools participated in this event.

Asha-Jyothi’s Educate-Innovate Initiative, is a “Your Campaign” funded by a multi-million dollar private donation aims to build Innovation Labs, Maker Space facilities and Technology Enhancements in partnership with local public schools in USA. “The idea behind this initiative is to bring together diverse communities and demonstrate the  importance of giving back early and often,” explains Asha-Jyothi founder Sekhar Puli. “Educators are the greatest influencers of the next generation. Through these grants and the opportunities they provide, our hope is that all children will be inspired to design, experiment, build and invent, while believing that anything is possible.”

The awards ceremony started with a tour of the RRMS inspiration studio sponsored by Asha-Jyothi in 2019. AJ donated a total of $18,000 to Fairfax County public schools (FCPS) including two individual technology grants of $2500 and $3000 to Katherine Johnson Middle School and Little Run Elementary School.

The awards ceremony was an opportunity for school principals/officials to connect with Asha-Jyothi team and to learn more about the technology grant. Click here to view the awards ceremony pictures and link to the presentation given.

“Think big and take advantage of the great opportunity that Asha-Jyothi is providing” said Mr. Scott Poole principal of Chantilly High School. Educate-Innovate initiative donated $106,000 to build the Innovation Lab at Chantilly High School in 2018. The lab offers students access to state-of-the-art 3D printing, audiovisual technology and recording, take-apart technology, writable walls, robotics and more. 

“We are very grateful to Asha-Jyothi for their donation towards technology, allowing middle school kids to create, learn and play together in the new inspiration studio” said Dr. Amy Goodloe, principal of Rocky Run Middle School. RRMS was a grand recipient of $60,000 grant in 2019 to build a maker space.

Grants are awarded based on proposals from the schools to fund specific requests that provide access across the student body to opportunities to engage in creative thinking and problem solving. To be eligible for funds, local schools were invited to participate in Asha-Jyothi’s annual 5K Run/Walk, held annually.

“We look forward to school principals as champions for greater community engagement and to encourage more participation of other schools ” said Malini Puli, Race Director and a representative of the nonprofit.