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Family Literacy Night – Turner ES

The Fishing School (TFS) hosted Family Literacy Night at Turner Elementary School on Wednesday November 28, 2017. The objectives of this event were to expose parents and family members to strategies they can use at home to nurture kids’ love for learning and to boost literacy skills. Family Literacy Night involved more parents and family […]



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Roots PCS at Deloitte

On Friday, December 8, Fishing School students from Roots Public Charter School took a career exploration field trip to the local offices of the global accounting firm, Deloitte. Deloitte employees gave the students insight into their specific roles, as well as an organizational overview on the company and its work. To learn more, please click […]



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Family Literacy Night – Leckie ES

The Fishing School (TFS) hosted Family Literacy Night at Leckie Elementary School on Thursday November 30, 2017. The objectives of this event were to expose parents and family members to strategies they can use at home to nurture kids’ love for learning and to boost literacy skills. Family Literacy Night involved more parents and family […]



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Math and Literacy Night – Houston ES

In conjunction with one of our school partners, Houston Elementary, The Fishing School hosted Math and Literacy Night on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The objectives of this event were to expose parents and family members to strategies they can use at home to nurture kids’ love for learning and to boost literacy and math skills. […]



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Hands on Banking

  On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, The Fishing School welcomed volunteers from Wells Fargo to Bishop Walker School for Boys. Representatives from Wells Fargo made a presentation called, “Hands on Banking: Money Skills You Need For Life.” This interactive presentation helped TFS students learn the basics of budgeting. To learn more, please click here.



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A Foundation of Exposure

In the Elementary Afterschool Program, we use the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) as a foundation to expose our elementary students to college and various aspects of the college-going process. Students learn about topics such as time management, scheduling, selecting a major, and interviewing. In our Summer Program, students take part in HBCU-themed “Spirit […]



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Creating Personal Development Goals

  Our staff training is based on best practice for OST programs including safety, sound program delivery, parent and community engagement, and supporting a positive social/emotional climate for children. We also provide training on the use of technology-based tools to enhance academic interventions. Among these are our online tutorial software, i-Ready; the use of Smart […]



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Intensive Academic Intervention

TFS is an intensive academic intervention designed to bridge the achievement gap and is built on innovative, research-based methodology. Our core is the Cohort Model, a two-generational, multi-year approach to out-of-school time (OST) youth development, providing eight years of continuous programming from 1st to 8th grade. Participants are grouped into cohorts upon enrollment and progress […]



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More Than Aftercare

The philosophy of The Fishing School (TFS) is inspired by the adage, “If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. If you teach him how to fish, he will feed himself for a lifetime.” Our mission is to prepare elementary and middle school youth for success in high school […]



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Fishing in the Rivers of their Minds

The name of The Fishing School was inspired by the experiences of our founder, Tom Lewis, and is based on the old adage, “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.”  Our goal is to empower children to […]