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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Who's ready for fall? Poetry Slam! jam: Truesdell Education Campus (middle school)



The fall 2014 DC SCORES season begins September 15!

To see images representing all 47 of our program schools, follow us on Instagram @dc_scores for a school-by-school countdown until Opening Day.

On this blog, each week day leading up to the season we'll highlight a school's Poetry Slam! performance from 2013. Just about everyone is familiar with the soccer component of DC SCORES, but the self-expression aspect is just as important. Each fall, all of our 1,500 youth go through a three-month curriculum that culminates in every school performing original works of spoken word at our blockbuster event of the year, the Poetry Slam!.

Watch, be inspired, and mark your calendar for December 3-4, the dates of the 2014 Slam!

SCHOOL: Truesdell Education Campus (middle)

BEGAN DC SCORES: 2000

STANDOUT POETRY SLAM! LINE: "Just know there are eight planets and we are not the center of everything."

Watch Truesdell above or here.

View Truesdell photos here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Who's ready for fall? Poetry Slam! jam: Orr Elementary School



The fall 2014 DC SCORES season begins September 15!

To see images representing all 47 of our program schools, follow us on Instagram @dc_scores for a school-by-school countdown until Opening Day.

On this blog, each week day leading up to the season we'll highlight a school's Poetry Slam! performance from 2013. Just about everyone is familiar with the soccer component of DC SCORES, but the self-expression aspect is just as important. Each fall, all of our 1,500 youth go through a three-month curriculum that culminates in every school performing original works of spoken word at our blockbuster event of the year, the Poetry Slam!.

Watch, be inspired, and mark your calendar for December 3-4, the dates of the 2014 Slam!

SCHOOL: Orr Elementary School

BEGAN DC SCORES: 2012

STANDOUT POETRY SLAM! LINE: "Today my name is destiny; watch me show off as a scholar."

Watch Orr above or here.

View Orr photos here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Who's ready for fall? Poetry Slam! jam: Tubman Elementary School



The fall 2014 DC SCORES season begins September 15!

To see images representing all 47 of our program schools, follow us on Instagram @dc_scores for a school-by-school countdown until Opening Day.

On this blog, each week day leading up to the season we'll highlight a school's Poetry Slam! performance from 2013. Just about everyone is familiar with the soccer component of DC SCORES, but the self-expression aspect is just as important. Each fall, all of our 1,500 youth go through a three-month curriculum that culminates in every school performing original works of spoken word at our blockbuster event of the year, the Poetry Slam!.

Watch, be inspired, and mark your calendar for December 3-4, the dates of the 2014 Slam!

SCHOOL: Tubman Elementary School

BEGAN DC SCORES: 2001

POWERFUL POETRY SLAM! LINE: "My father went to jail, but I have to be brave no matter what I go through."

Watch Tubman above or here.

View Tubman photos here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

League of Champions profile: Jack Reagan, DC SCORES board member

Written by Daniel Meloy
Senior Director of Development & Communications

Compassionate. Dedicated. Enthusiastic.

Those three qualities are what every organization looks for in a board member and volunteer leader. That’s exactly what DC SCORES found in Jack Reagan.

Not surprisingly, those three words are how Jack describes DC SCORES.

After becoming involved in DC SCORES and joining our board, Jack joined our League of Champions. Contributing to DC SCORES as a member of the League of Champions is important to Jack because of his motivation to help DC Public School students. He has long served DCPS in a professional capacity, and he is now enjoying serving in a volunteer capacity.

The unique combination of soccer, poetry, and service-learning is what drew Jack to DC SCORES. Knowing that we are helping students develop physical fitness, confidence, and teamwork while providing an outlet for their creativity gives Jack a great sense of satisfaction.

Jack is a terrific ambassador for DC SCORES and always looks for opportunities to introduce others to our work. Within days of starting his new job at Grant Thornton earlier this year, Jack began putting together a team for the annual DC SCORES Cup soccer tournament. Soon thereafter, Jack hosted one of our “mobile” High Five! Tours at his office in Alexandria, VA.

Jack was a “sports guy” growing up. He played soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball in the spring and summer. Hardly a day went by when Jack wasn’t on the field or court. That sports involvement continues today — both watching and participating. Jack loves to watch his kids play sports, and also likes to get out on his road bike. And in June, Jack served as goalie for the Grant Thornton team in the DC SCORES Cup.

So whether it’s making saves on the field or discussing finances in a board meeting, Jack remains compassionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic about DC SCORES.

Thank you, Jack, for being part of our team!

Who's ready for fall? Poetry Slam! jam: Cesar Chavez Public Charter School



The fall 2014 DC SCORES season begins September 15!

To see images representing all 47 of our program schools, follow us on Instagram @dc_scores for a school-by-school countdown until Opening Day.

On this blog, each week day leading up to the season we'll highlight a school's Poetry Slam! performance from 2013. Just about everyone is familiar with the soccer component of DC SCORES, but the self-expression aspect is just as important. Each fall, all of our 1,500 youth go through a three-month curriculum that culminates in every school performing original works of spoken word at our blockbuster event of the year, the Poetry Slam!.

Watch, be inspired, and mark your calendar for December 3-4, the dates of the 2014 Slam!

SCHOOL: Cesar Chavez Public Charter School

BEGAN DC SCORES: 2008

WORDS OF WISDOM: "... waiting to build my image .. searching for something inside ... we are who we are ... I'm not the me I used to be."

Watch Cesar Chavez Parkside above or here.

View Parkside photos here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Who's ready for fall? Poetry Slam! jam: Lincoln Middle School



The fall 2014 DC SCORES season begins September 15!

To see images representing all 47 of our program schools, follow us on Instagram @dc_scores for a school-by-school countdown until Opening Day.

On this blog, each week day leading up to the season we'll highlight a school's Poetry Slam! performance from 2013. Just about everyone is familiar with the soccer component of DC SCORES, but the self-expression aspect is just as important. Each fall, all of our 1,500 youth go through a three-month curriculum that culminates in every school performing original works of spoken word at our blockbuster event of the year, the Poetry Slam!.

Watch, be inspired, and mark your calendar for December 3-4, the dates of the 2014 Slam!

SCHOOL: Lincoln Middle School

BEGAN DC SCORES: 2007

STANDOUT POETRY SLAM! LINE: "Run as fast as you can. Don't let the darkness catch you."

Watch Lincoln above or here.

View Lincoln photos here.