Chantilly Based Non-Profit Grants $60,000 To Rocky Run Middle

A Chantilly-based nonprofit, Asha-Jyothi, aims to take public education to the next level by providing grants to local schools to build state-of-the-art learning environments designed to spur innovation and creative thinking.
Rocky Run Principal Amy Goodloe (second from left) and her staff with a $60,000 check from Asha-Jyothi.
According to, "Now in its second year, Asha-Jyothi’s Educate-Innovate initiative recently awarded nearly $90,000 in funding to 17 public schools in both Fairfax and Loudoun counties, including a $60,000 grant to the 2019 grand prize winner, Rocky Run Middle School. Rocky Run’s winning proposal will allow the school, currently undergoing extensive renovations, to create a dedicated space for creative learning. It will feature a LEGO wall, podcasting/recording room and a workspace with dry-erase tabletops and flexible seating." Asha-Jyothi founder Sekhar Puli said, "The idea behind this initiative is to bring together diverse communities and demonstrate the importance of giving back, early and often. 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." As per, "Overall, in 2019, Asha-Jyothi donated $110,000 to local communities and schools, here and in other states. And according to organization Director Kiran Vemuri, “Going forward, Asha-Jyothi looks forward to even greater community engagement and will continue to fund unique, educational opportunities for students, both locally and beyond."

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