Retirement Community Residents Help Make Going Back to School Easier

WHAT: About 20 residents who were former educators at Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn, VA, shopped for, bought, and will donate school supplies to the school-aged children of the community's employees.   BACKGROUND: At Ashby Ponds, there are several retired Fairfax County Public School educators who have formed a resident group at the community and support education whenever they have the chance.  The residents include former teachers, school secretaries, school librarians, and a former Fairfax County School superintendent.  For the second year in a row, they have been working on a project to help make going back to school easier for the children of hourly employees at the retirement community.  The residents have been shopping for and buying school supplies to distribute at the community.  This year, the residents will be buying supplies for 28 children representing every grade from kindergarten through high school. WHEN: Residents plan to distribute the school supplies on Monday, August 15, 2011 from 2:00-4:00 PM. CONTACT:  Please contact Jessica McKay at 703-923-490 or jessica.mckay@erickson.com should you wish to visit the community for the distribution event or to speak with one of the retired educators! ABOUT ASHBY PONDS:  Ashby Ponds, one of 16 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.).  The community is home to approximately 600 residents and is filled with fascinating people and fantastic opportunities.  Life at Ashby Ponds offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at:www.ericksonliving.com.