Photo by Mike Silva.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
Would Volta Park exist without Napoleon Bonaparte?
Of course it would. But would it be the same name? Probably not, surprisingly enough.
That’s because Volta Park is named after Volta Place, one of the streets that borders it. Volta Place is named after the Volta Bureau, which stands at 35th and Volta. (Volta Pl. was originally Fourth St., then it was temporarily Q St. before being renamed Volta Pl. circa 1920).
And the Volta Bureau was created by Alexander Graham Bell and named after the Volta Fund, which was Bell’s trust fund he established to study deafness. The trust was funded by and itself named after the Volta Prize, which Bell received in 1880 by the government of France in honor of his inventing the telephone. (It was 50,000 francs, which translates to about $500,000 in today’s money). Continue reading
As GM reported last month, the lottery to enter Hyde-Addison Elementary School wraps up March 2, just a week and a half away. And also remember, next year Hyde will be enrolling three year olds for the first time. As GM explained, this may complicate your planning a bit:
Hyde will be offering one Pre-K3 class and one Pre-K4 class. This creates a bit of a dilemma for parents of three year olds (like GM). If you do not enter for or win a slot for Pre-K3, unless something changes the following year, you will have a very slim chance of getting a slot at Pre-K4 for the Fall of 2016. Most of the slots for the Pre-K4 classroom for the Fall 2016 would be taken up by the Pre-K3 kids rising a level.