LEESBURG, VA, June 28, 2021: As INMED Partnerships for Children moves closer to bringing Nexus School Loudoun to Paxton Campus in Leesburg, The Arc of Loudoun is greeting its new neighbors.
“The mission of The Arc of Loudoun, which has been operating on Paxton Campus for more than a decade, is to advocate for, educate, serve, and support people with disabilities and their families,” says CEO Lisa Kimball. “The work that INMED does around the world and right around the corner in Loudoun County aligns beautifully with our vision of a just, equitable world for all.”
In 2019, the Paxton Trust granted INMED USA space on its campus to build Nexus School Loudoun to address the educational needs of youth in grades 6-12 who do not adapt well to traditional classroom settings. “Nexus School Loudoun will be a catalyst for a more inclusive, effective, and resilient learning environment to inspire and equip under-served youth in our community to become engaged national and global thought leaders and entrepreneurial problem solvers,” says INMED US Programs Director Jennifer Lassiter Smith.
In partnership with Lumiar®, Nexus School Loudoun will bring transformational education to immigrant and low-income youth, as well as those struggling with learning challenges, in an accredited learning environment in which they tackle poverty, injustice, inequality and climate change hands-on while forging their own college or career path–on their own schedules.
INMED USA has been holding community presentations and information meetings for more than a year and has taken community feedback to heart. “We want to show that we will be good neighbors to the surrounding community and have modified several aspects of our plan to mitigate neighbors’ concerns,” notes Smith.
Kerry Benton, a public school special education teacher’s assistant who lives in the Exeter subdivision of Leesburg, applauds the Paxton Trust for fostering the Nexus School Loudoun project. “From the Arc of Loudoun to the community fun days, the Paxton Trust has sought opportunities to support our community,” she says. “The Trust has now found a phenomenal way to use their property to support the youth in our community who struggle with traditional learning.”
A unique feature of the school is INMED Aquaponics®, an ancient agricultural technique used by the Aztecs that combines aquaculture with hydroponics in a closed symbiotic system that requires no chemical fertilizers or pesticides, consumes 90% less water and is far less labor intensive and environmentally damaging than traditional agriculture. Nexus School Loudoun will be the latest in a series of schools around the world to incorporate INMED Aquaponics® into its curricula as well as use it to generate sustainable revenue to fund scholarships, so no student is turned away for inability to pay tuition.
The beauty of INMED’s simplified form of aquaponics is that it is specifically designed to be tailored to any space constraint in urban and residential environments. A system only requires one solar-powered pump per fish tank, with no noisy industrial fans and low-wattage downlighting for a limited amount of time at dusk and dawn during the winter months. No fish will be processed or disposed of onsite, and the produce will be sold off site by students for project-based learning.
“I find it thrilling that this new endeavor will be located right here in our neighborhood,” says Benton. “People will look at our corner of Leesburg and see hope and opportunity.”
The Arc’s Lisa Kimball agrees. “We fully support INMED Partnerships for Children,” she says. “The work that they do provides opportunities for people of all abilities to explore careers and achieve independence. We’re looking forward to welcoming INMED as our neighbors!”
INMED Partnerships for Children is a nonprofit international humanitarian development organization that has improved the lives of millions of people in 100+ countries for more than 30 years by building pathways for vulnerable children, families and communities to achieve well-being and self-reliance.
Headquartered in Sterling, Virginia, INMED has served at-risk children and low-income families in Loudoun County since 1988. INMED’s US programs are delivered via INMED USA, which provides resources that foster wellness, education and empowerment. For more information on Nexus School Loudoun or INMED’s impact in Northern Virginia, please contact U.S. Programs Director Jennifer Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-465-5999 or visit https://inmedusa.org.
About the Arc of Loudoun
The Arc of Loudoun is a nonprofit, full-service organization whose mission is to advocate for, educate, serve and support people with disabilities and their families. Located on Paxton Campus in Leesburg, VA, it provides a lifetime of opportunities for people with disabilities through programs such as:
INMED Partnerships for Children – International Headquarters
21630 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 130, Sterling, Virginia 20166 USA Telephone: +1 703-729-4951 Web: https://inmed.org
• The Aurora School, a private day school licensed by the Virginia Department of Education, teaches students with disabilities, particularly those with Autism.
• Open Door Learning Center, a preschool licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services that serves children with and without disabilities.
• “A Life Like Yours” ALLY Advocacy Center, which fills the unmet needs of the community by providing free information on disability rights, guidance, support, events, and workshops to families and caretakers of those with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.
• Aurora Behavior Clinic (ABC), a year-round, behavior-analytic center, providing 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis, Speech and Language, and Occupational Therapies, and social skills to children and adults of all ages with behavior-related disabilities.
• Ability Fitness Center, a therapeutic fitness and wellness center with expert clinicians and specialized equipment that provides access to innovative, customized and activity-based interventions for people with neurological and developmental disabilities.
Learn more at https://www.thearcofloudoun.org.
INMED Partnerships for Children – International Headquarters
21630 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 130, Sterling, Virginia 20166 USA
Telephone: +1 703-729-4951