Improving the Quality of Life The Fishing School’s (TFS) out of school time (OST) and parent programming provide a sound base for the academic and social development of students and families, and improves outcomes in under-served communities in the District. Recent research compiled by Afterschool Alliance credits OST programming with improving communities’ quality of life by: improving engagement in school and conduct at school, increasing academic achievement, promoting health and wellness, and supporting working families. Participation in OST programming also reduces the likelihood that a child will be involved in criminal activity. Violent crimes by juveniles occur most frequently in the hours immediately following the close of school on school days. Nearly one-fifth (19%) of juvenile violent crimes occur in the 4 hours between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on school days. TFS creates community opportunity by specifically serving children and youth at no cost to participating families. Offering our programs at no cost ensures that more families have access to quality programming that supports their students’ academic and social development while reducing risky behavior and exposure to violence. For more information about The Fishing School and to get involved, please visit www.fishingschool.org, or call (202) 399-3618. We also invite you to ‘Like’ our Facebook page and follow our Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts.