The Fishing School Newsletter Spring 2013 |
The Fishing School
On June 6, 2013, TFS will participate in the United Way of the National Capital Area's annual day of online giving, 
Do More 24.  It is designed to link up nonprofits like ours with the power of collective action. 
Please help us maximize impact by making a donation on June 6th before noon.  

Home Team Love

Please join us at The Fishing School Grand Slam: A Celebration of Impact and Achievement at Nationals Park on September 27, 2013. 


For more information on sponsorships and tickets, contact RaŽl Nelson James at




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June 5, 2013 
Dear Friends-


Greetings from The Fishing School!  It's hard to believe that another school year is drawing to a close in just a few short weeks. TFS has had another exciting year of growth and achievement. During the 2012-2013 school year, we have served more students and families than ever before, doubling enrollment over the last two years. We are proud to continue to embody the vision of our founder, Tom Lewis, by being a safe haven and providing academic support to District children. 


As we gear up for our Rising Champions Summer Program, I hope you'll take this opportunity to learn more about our programs and how you can support the work our students are doing at TFS. With your help, we will continue fostering young people's curiosity and encouraging them to make the positive choices that will help them succeed in all facets of life.




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Leo Givs

Executive Director 

Full STEAM Ahead
At The Fishing School Rising Stars Afterschool Program, we bolster our participants' math and reading skills through fun and engaging projects that also introduce them to science and the arts. We call this curriculum STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).  


STEAM projects at Plummer Elementary have helped participants learn everything from the lifecycle of a plant to the most effective way to handle conflict with friends and peers. In our final STEAM theme, "My Earth," students will venture into identifying landforms and building life-sized dioramas of volcanos, waterfalls, and planets.  They will continue to explore ideas and concepts that challenge and excite them! 

Brainfood Visits TFS
One of TFS's awesome partners, Brainfood, recently visited our Meade Street site.  The organization is dedicated to youth development by using food as a tool to build life skills and promote healthy living.  Brainfood's high school participants teamed up with TFS's middle school students to help them transform their favorite recipes into healthier alternatives.  The session promoted peer leadership and wellness.  The results were nutritious and delicious! 
Gardens of Growth

Our Kenilworth Elementary site used seed planting as a metaphor for character growth. Over the course of a six-week session, each student visually represented the goals they wanted to reach in their future as a blossoming plant. 


Together, each class created "Gardens of Growth" that included long-term career goals. By first identifying their personal talents and interests, youth charted a path toward a career, including the skills and education needed. Instructors then led student discussions on how every choice and step taken in life has the potential to help them become the best people they can be.



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Teach him how to fish, and he will feed himself for a lifetime." 

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