The Fishing School Afterschool and Summer Success Program

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The Fishing School

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This video depicts students at The Fishing School (TFS) participating in academic activities and interacting with their peers during our afterschool programs. The Fishing School’s mission reflects on an adage that our founder, Tom Lewis, once read as a child: “If you give a man a fish, he’ll feed himself for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll feed himself for a lifetime.” Leo Givs, our Executive Director, explains that The Fishing School has been providing programs and services to students and parents in underserved communities since 1990. These programs are designed to focus on academic support, as well as life-skills enrichment, including dance, music, sports, college and career readiness, and social-emotional learning curriculums. Mr. Givs shares that, at The Fishing School, “we try to focus on the entire child.” Throughout the video, shots of young children are seen playing on a playground, drawing pictures, and laughing with each other during TFS’ high-quality educational programs!

I remember reading some place this old adage that said that you give a man a fish, you’ll feed a man for a day, teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. I said, “That’s it. I’m going to open up a fishing school. And we’re going to be fishing in the rivers of the mind.” The Fishing School has been in operation for over 20 years now and we provide out-of-school time programs and services for students in underserved communities in Washington, D.C. as well as programs for the parents of those students. The program design includes, in addition to the academic focus, we also have a focus on enrichment, believing that it’s important to work with the whole child. So many of our students participate in dance programs. We also have music programs and sports programs. So, we try to focus on the entire child.