The Fishing School

The Fishing School Advancing Students. Engaging Parents. Supporting Schools. In 1990, our founder Tom Lewis, a former Metropolitan Police Department officer, opened The Fishing School in a renovated former crack house on Wylie Street, NE (Ward 6), one of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in DC.

Seeing so much abject poverty, youth related crimes, and broken families, Mr. Lewis promised to bring about change for the youth of Washington, DC. He believed then, as we do today, that education is the absolute key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and in the power of afterschool and summer programs as vehicles for delivering learning. He also based his vision on the adage, “If you give a man a

Seeing so much abject poverty, youth related crimes, and broken families, Mr. Lewis promised to bring about change for the youth of Washington, DC. He believed then, as we do today, that education is the absolute key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and in the power of afterschool and summer programs as vehicles for delivering learning. He also based his vision on the adage, “If you give a man a

Operating as usual

#Throwback to when actor and author @hillharper discussed empowerment and financial literacy with our students at The Fi...
10/21/2021

#Throwback to when actor and author @hillharper discussed empowerment and financial literacy with our students at The Fishing School.

Thanks, Hill!

#Throwback to when actor and author @hillharper discussed empowerment and financial literacy with our students at The Fishing School.

Thanks, Hill!

We are excited to join CityBridge Education and launch literacy tutoring hubs for our students this year! Learn more abo...
09/14/2021

We are excited to join CityBridge Education and launch literacy tutoring hubs for our students this year! Learn more about how we are investing in our students and providing intensive instruction to address the learning loss experienced during the pandemic.

Announcement: #CityTutorDC is partnering with local orgs to launch 6 CityTutor Hubs this school year! Congratulations to the orgs leading the first Hubs:
GOODProjects
Higher Achievement
Horton's Kids
Reading Partners DC
Serve Your City
The Fishing School
Read more: http://citytutordc.org/hubs

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math! Comment down below what your favorite subject in scho...
09/10/2021

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math! Comment down below what your favorite subject in school is or was! Our students at TFS are learning from curriculum that incorporates all of these subjects! #STEAM #AcademicEnrichment #TFS

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math! Comment down below what your favorite subject in school is or was! Our students at TFS are learning from curriculum that incorporates all of these subjects! #STEAM #AcademicEnrichment #TFS

Looking for an exciting new job opportunity?Look no further – we're hiring!Visit our website at www.fishingschool.org an...
09/09/2021

Looking for an exciting new job opportunity?

Look no further – we're hiring!

Visit our website at www.fishingschool.org and apply today!

#dchiring #dcjobs

Looking for an exciting new job opportunity?

Look no further – we're hiring!

Visit our website at www.fishingschool.org and apply today!

#dchiring #dcjobs

Are you ready to vote? We have just three days left to secure $25,000 from State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant progra...
08/25/2021

Are you ready to vote? We have just three days left to secure $25,000 from State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant program! You’ll need an email address to lend your support to securing $25,000 for the children and families we serve. Follow the link to vote!

https://bit.ly/3jOSkj1

We have many new programs in the works and the support from our community goes a long way. We will serve 435 students and their families this school year. Voting is a simple but effective way to allow us to make an impact in DC’s most underserved communities.

#SFNeighborhoodAssist

Are you ready to vote? We have just three days left to secure $25,000 from State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant program! You’ll need an email address to lend your support to securing $25,000 for the children and families we serve. Follow the link to vote!

https://bit.ly/3jOSkj1

We have many new programs in the works and the support from our community goes a long way. We will serve 435 students and their families this school year. Voting is a simple but effective way to allow us to make an impact in DC’s most underserved communities.

#SFNeighborhoodAssist

We are in the final week of voting for the StateFarm Neighboirhood Assist grant. Thank you to everyone who has shown the...
08/23/2021

We are in the final week of voting for the StateFarm Neighboirhood Assist grant. Thank you to everyone who has shown their support to TFS. We need your help to make it to the top 40. You can show your support by continuing to vote here!: https://bit.ly/3jOSkj1

Your support is more than just a vote, but an investment into the lives of our students. We teach more than academic skills, but life skills and socio-emotional development.

We teach the importance of self-esteem and establishing positive behaviors that will help them be successful. Your vote guides the future of our students.

P.S. Remember you can vote up to 10 times per day!
#SFNeighborhoodAssist

We are in the final week of voting for the StateFarm Neighboirhood Assist grant. Thank you to everyone who has shown their support to TFS. We need your help to make it to the top 40. You can show your support by continuing to vote here!: https://bit.ly/3jOSkj1

Your support is more than just a vote, but an investment into the lives of our students. We teach more than academic skills, but life skills and socio-emotional development.

We teach the importance of self-esteem and establishing positive behaviors that will help them be successful. Your vote guides the future of our students.

P.S. Remember you can vote up to 10 times per day!
#SFNeighborhoodAssist

Remember to continue to support TFS for the StateFarm Neighborhood Assist grant. With your vote, we can receive $25,000 ...
08/21/2021

Remember to continue to support TFS for the StateFarm Neighborhood Assist grant. With your vote, we can receive $25,000 to put towards the children and families we serve. Please take a moment to vote up to 10 times here: https://bit.ly/3jOSkj1

#SFNeighborhoodAssist

Remember to continue to support TFS for the StateFarm Neighborhood Assist grant. With your vote, we can receive $25,000 to put towards the children and families we serve. Please take a moment to vote up to 10 times here: https://bit.ly/3jOSkj1

#SFNeighborhoodAssist

Voting continues for StateFarm’s Neighborhood Assist grant! We have until August 27th to keep our place in the top 40 to...
08/20/2021

Voting continues for StateFarm’s Neighborhood Assist grant! We have until August 27th to keep our place in the top 40 to receive $25,000! Please remember to continue voting up to 10 times per day here!: https://bit.ly/3jOSkj1

Your voting allows us to not only continue our work, but expand our programs for the benefit of our community. In 1990, our founder Tom Lewis created an oasis on Wylie St. with an initial budget of $2,100. A place that would value family, knowledge, and hope.

Since then, The Fishing School has served more than 7,000 youth and families by providing a safe haven. Your vote honors this legacy and enables an investment for the future.

#SFNeighborhoodAssist

Voting continues for StateFarm’s Neighborhood Assist grant! We have until August 27th to keep our place in the top 40 to receive $25,000! Please remember to continue voting up to 10 times per day here!: https://bit.ly/3jOSkj1

Your voting allows us to not only continue our work, but expand our programs for the benefit of our community. In 1990, our founder Tom Lewis created an oasis on Wylie St. with an initial budget of $2,100. A place that would value family, knowledge, and hope.

Since then, The Fishing School has served more than 7,000 youth and families by providing a safe haven. Your vote honors this legacy and enables an investment for the future.

#SFNeighborhoodAssist

Voting is now open for StateFarm’s Neighborhood Assist grant! Please lend your support to TFS by voting up to 10 times t...
08/19/2021

Voting is now open for StateFarm’s Neighborhood Assist grant!

Please lend your support to TFS by voting up to 10 times today to put us in the running for $25,000. You may vote here: https://bit.ly/3jOSkj1

This is an excellent opportunity to support The Fishing School in our mission to provide quality after school programming and life skills development. This school year, we will serve 435 students and their families. A few votes can make all the difference for students in the most underserved communities.

#SFNeighborhoodAssist

Voting is now open for StateFarm’s Neighborhood Assist grant!

Please lend your support to TFS by voting up to 10 times today to put us in the running for $25,000. You may vote here: https://bit.ly/3jOSkj1

This is an excellent opportunity to support The Fishing School in our mission to provide quality after school programming and life skills development. This school year, we will serve 435 students and their families. A few votes can make all the difference for students in the most underserved communities.

#SFNeighborhoodAssist

Students regularly participate in Read Aloud sessions as a part of The Fishing School’s program. Read Aloud sessions not...
08/16/2021

Students regularly participate in Read Aloud sessions as a part of The Fishing School’s program. Read Aloud sessions not only develop a student’s literary comprehension and skills, but also builds their self-esteem and confidence. We also offer a digital library with over 4,000 books to spur a student’s love for reading!

Students regularly participate in Read Aloud sessions as a part of The Fishing School’s program. Read Aloud sessions not only develop a student’s literary comprehension and skills, but also builds their self-esteem and confidence. We also offer a digital library with over 4,000 books to spur a student’s love for reading!

Did you know Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) improves academic achievement by an average of 11 percentile points? SEL is...
08/13/2021

Did you know Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) improves academic achievement by an average of 11 percentile points? SEL is an important component of our after school programming. Students learn the value of empathy, practice managing emotions, and build self-esteem. This doesn’t just help increase test scores, but also improves student attitudes towards school, reduces depression, and stress among students. Students who are equipped to deal with problems that affect them on a personal level are then better able to navigate the pressures of adult life.

Did you know Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) improves academic achievement by an average of 11 percentile points? SEL is an important component of our after school programming. Students learn the value of empathy, practice managing emotions, and build self-esteem. This doesn’t just help increase test scores, but also improves student attitudes towards school, reduces depression, and stress among students. Students who are equipped to deal with problems that affect them on a personal level are then better able to navigate the pressures of adult life.

08/12/2021

Last week we wrapped up a fun summer at our partner sites, C.W. Harris Elementary School and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School! We are grateful to our partners at Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden for hosting our kids in the Hands on Plant Science (HOPS) program. HOPS creates outdoor classrooms where students are learning hands-on by using microscopes, dissecting flowers, analyzing soil, and learning about pollinators. Each student is equipped with a backpack of science materials to assist them in their HOPS learning experience. This was one part of our engaging, educational summer camp. Thanks Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden!

This weekend would have been our founder’s 82nd birthday. Please join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Mr. Tom L...
08/06/2021

This weekend would have been our founder’s 82nd birthday. Please join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Mr. Tom Lewis.

31 years ago, Mr. Lewis established The Fishing School with the grand vision of bringing about real change for the youth of Washington, DC. What started as a small afterschool center serving five little girls has blossomed into an organization that has helped more than 7,000 children. These students and their families have all benefited from a simple adage that motivated Mr. Lewis - If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will feed himself for a lifetime.

Mr. Lewis has touched the lives of many and his legacy will continue to live on through the great work happening at The Fishing School. As we celebrate Mr. Lewis, we encourage you to look out into your community and consider ways that you can make a change in the lives of those that need it most.
Learn more about our founder: https://www.fishingschool.org/our-founder-our-name/

This weekend would have been our founder’s 82nd birthday. Please join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Mr. Tom Lewis.

31 years ago, Mr. Lewis established The Fishing School with the grand vision of bringing about real change for the youth of Washington, DC. What started as a small afterschool center serving five little girls has blossomed into an organization that has helped more than 7,000 children. These students and their families have all benefited from a simple adage that motivated Mr. Lewis - If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will feed himself for a lifetime.

Mr. Lewis has touched the lives of many and his legacy will continue to live on through the great work happening at The Fishing School. As we celebrate Mr. Lewis, we encourage you to look out into your community and consider ways that you can make a change in the lives of those that need it most.
Learn more about our founder: https://www.fishingschool.org/our-founder-our-name/

Thanks Events DC for supporting us this year! We are excited for today's Community Grant Recognition Luncheon.
07/29/2021

Thanks Events DC for supporting us this year! We are excited for today's Community Grant Recognition Luncheon.

07/13/2021

Hands on Plant Science is starting strong today! 🌱This summer's HOPS program is being offered in-person by two community-based organizations, The Fishing School and After-School All-Stars Washington DC, across three sites in D.C. Adopting a train-the-trainers approach, the U.S. Botanic Garden HOPS team has provided virtual training to in-house facilitators who have welcomed the HOPS program into their organizations. 🔬 Stay tuned to see what this year’s #botanistintraining discover!

Educational programs like these require a team effort. A big thanks to ScottsMiracle-Gro for their ongoing, foundational support and C & A Scientific for their donation of 100 microscopes. We also want to thank Friends members for making our educational programs possible! 🌻 To learn more about how to support HOPS, visit our website at USBGfriends.org

Thanks to our supporters! We raised $2,212 from 11 donors while our students were having fun participating in STEAM less...
05/19/2021

Thanks to our supporters! We raised $2,212 from 11 donors while our students were having fun participating in STEAM lessons and Fit Club activities in our interactive afterschool program. That brings our total to $8,000 for the day.

If you haven’t donated, there’s still time to join #DoMore24 to support The Fishing School. Join us at domore24.org/fishingschool and give today. #GiveWhereYouLive

Thanks to our supporters! We raised $2,212 from 11 donors while our students were having fun participating in STEAM lessons and Fit Club activities in our interactive afterschool program. That brings our total to $8,000 for the day.

If you haven’t donated, there’s still time to join #DoMore24 to support The Fishing School. Join us at domore24.org/fishingschool and give today. #GiveWhereYouLive

In less than an hour, students will log on to our virtual afterschool program to participate in fun, hands-on activities...
05/19/2021

In less than an hour, students will log on to our virtual afterschool program to participate in fun, hands-on activities, including our STEAM curriculum. Ms. Mason, pictured, shows students how to make their own self-propelled cars at home with household materials. Our team has worked hard to keep kids engaged and learning through the pandemic, and we want you to join us!

From now until 6pm, we have a goal of getting 30 new donors to give to our #Domore24 campaign. Donate at domore24.org/fishingschool and help us support students in Washington, DC.

In less than an hour, students will log on to our virtual afterschool program to participate in fun, hands-on activities, including our STEAM curriculum. Ms. Mason, pictured, shows students how to make their own self-propelled cars at home with household materials. Our team has worked hard to keep kids engaged and learning through the pandemic, and we want you to join us!

From now until 6pm, we have a goal of getting 30 new donors to give to our #Domore24 campaign. Donate at domore24.org/fishingschool and help us support students in Washington, DC.

TODAY is the day we can support our children and families in Washington, DC. Give where you live and help The Fishing Sc...
05/19/2021

TODAY is the day we can support our children and families in Washington, DC. Give where you live and help The Fishing School build capacity to serve even more DC students and their families with quality free educational programs.

So far, we’ve raised $5,264. Help us reach our goal of $20,000 – domore24.org/fishingschool

TODAY is the day we can support our children and families in Washington, DC. Give where you live and help The Fishing School build capacity to serve even more DC students and their families with quality free educational programs.

So far, we’ve raised $5,264. Help us reach our goal of $20,000 – domore24.org/fishingschool

Now is the time to Do More! United Way NCA’s #DoMore24 is live! Join the movement by checking out The Fishing School at ...
05/19/2021
The Fishing School

Now is the time to Do More! United Way NCA’s #DoMore24 is live! Join the movement by checking out The Fishing School at domore24.org/fishingschool today!

This 24-hour day of giving will help raise money for children and families in the #NationalCapitalArea, in perfect alignment with our commitment to serving DC students and their families through robust, year round educational programming.

The Fishing School's mission is to prepare elementary and middle school students for success in high school and life by improving their academic performance and life skills, and by engaging them and their parents in intensive multi-year, research-based out-of-school time (OST) and parent engagement....

The Fishing School has supported students throughout the pandemic. Will you support us? United Way NCA’s #DoMore24 -  a ...
05/18/2021

The Fishing School has supported students throughout the pandemic. Will you support us? United Way NCA’s #DoMore24 - a global day of giving – begins at midnight!

We have worked hard to address the learning loss students are at risk of experiencing due to the constraints of the pandemic. We adapted our program and expanded our service model to reach students in a variety of ways. This #DoMore24, help us raise money to support these high-quality afterschool and summer camp programs. Join the movement at domore24.org/fishingschool

The Fishing School has supported students throughout the pandemic. Will you support us? United Way NCA’s #DoMore24 - a global day of giving – begins at midnight!

We have worked hard to address the learning loss students are at risk of experiencing due to the constraints of the pandemic. We adapted our program and expanded our service model to reach students in a variety of ways. This #DoMore24, help us raise money to support these high-quality afterschool and summer camp programs. Join the movement at domore24.org/fishingschool

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