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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Poem of the Week: Fatima D., LaSalle-Backus Education Campus



During the winter, we will highlight just a handful of the original poems that students wrote during the fall season and performed at the 17th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam! in early December. To watch any performance from the Slam!, visit our YouTube channel.

Open
I open my brain
and out came my thoughts
I open my thoughts and out came my feelings
I open my feelings and out came my heart
I open my heart and out came my love

Fatima D.
LaSalle-Backus Education Campus

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Think warm thoughts: Sign up your company for June's DC SCORES Cup



Written by Daniel Meloy
Senior Director of Development & Communications

Brrrrrr!

With temperatures in the 20s, we need to think about something other than winter to warm us up.

So picture this: a sunny day... temperatures in the mid 70s ... a gentle breeze ... and you, joining your friends and colleagues for an incredible day of soccer in the 2015 DC SCORES Cup!

The DC SCORES Cup is the largest corporate charity soccer tournament in Washington, DC. This year’s tournament on Saturday, June 20, will see more than 500 people as 32 corporate teams converge at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Gaithersburg, MD, to enjoy camaraderie, competition, and a fun way to make a difference for thousands of kids in the District.

The reasons companies participate are as varied as the companies themselves. Businesses play in the DC SCORES Cup for team building, to give employees an outlet to engage in the community, and for networking. But they all have one thing in common -- they have a great time at the event!


“Kirkland & Ellis LLP is proud to have participated in multiple DC SCORES Cups over the years. Each year we’re reminded that the DC SCORES Cup represents so much more than a great tournament full of competitive soccer — it’s a team-building experience that creates lasting bonds, an enormous amount of fun, and a fantastic opportunity to help support our community through the phenomenal work of the DC SCORES program.”

-- Bryan Stephany, Kirkland & Ellis LLP



It’s no wonder that teams return year after year. In fact, three teams -- Hogan Lovells US LLP, Marriott, and Zuckerman Spaeder LLP -- have played in every DC SCORES Cup since it was created and was called the Sharks vs. Suits Shootout in 2003. And for the past three years, PricewaterhouseCoopers has entered two teams in the tournament!

Do you need to be a pro-level soccer player to participate? Heck no! That’s why we have two divisions -- the Competitive Division for those teams who take the game a bit more seriously and the Casual Division for those who simply want to have some fun on the field.

For businesses looking to flex their charitable muscle and gain access to a lucrative target audience, the tournament offers terrific sponsor opportunities. Sponsors are able to interact with participants and receive significant exposure through social media.

Are you ready to register and put your team together? (It’ll make you forget all about the cold weather!)

To learn more about the DC SCORES Cup or about sponsor opportunities, visit: www.dcscorescup.org.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Poem of the Week: H.D. Cooke Elementary School



During the winter, we will highlight just a handful of the original poems that students wrote during the fall season and performed at the 17th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam! in early December. To watch any performance from the Slam!, visit our YouTube channel.

Moth 
I’ve always been jealous of a moth.
Yes.
A moth.
Because people just leave them alone.
They just let them fly on their own.

Who pays attention to that ugly thing?
But it’s the freest of creatures.
It flutters its wings
so independently
And nobody seems to care.

Group poem
H.D. Cooke Elementary School

Friday, January 16, 2015

DC SCORES podcast, episode 11: Meet a few board members

The 18-member DC SCORES Board of Directors makes our program possible. On this episode, meet three board members -- Andrea Custis, Anthony Brown and Karen Lovitch -- who have made an indelible impact for the organization.

Listen below on the embeddded player or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes to be the first to hear our latest content.


 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Poem of the Week: Kelly Cantarero F., Bancroft Elementary School



During the winter, we will highlight just a handful of the original poems that students wrote during the fall season and performed at the 17th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam! in early December. To watch any performance from the Slam!, visit our YouTube channel.

Poetry
Letters down your paper,
Feelings,
Expressions,
And you too.
We read them,
We write them or share them too.
You feel great,
Happy or good,
We cheer and cry but show emotions to the
end because we are a team who do our best.
But we are poetry, all together.

Kelly Cantarero F., 
Bancroft Elementary School

Monday, January 12, 2015

Introducing winter SCORES: An emphasis on healthy living


It feels like just yesterday students were on stage at the Poetry Slam! finishing the fall DC SCORES season with one brilliant performance after another. Yes, the break was short. Today, programming is back!

Our scaled-down winter nutrition and soccer program begins at eight DC public schools this afternoon -- Bancroft, Thomson, Marie Reed and Seaton elementary schools; Brightwood Education Campus (elementary); and Johnson, Hart and Lincoln middle schools.

During the next six weeks, students will learn that what they put into their bodies affects their performance on the soccer field. They will directly go through this process by preparing healthy snacks for themselves and then seeing how much better they feel during multi-school soccer clinics.

The winter season leads up to the spring DC SCORES season at 40-plus schools, which kicks off March 16.

For an inside look at what happens during the winter, we caught up with Writing Coordinator Rachel Klepper, who has coached the winter 'Power of Choice' curriculum at Thomson Elementary School. You can also get a sense of the program from the video above.

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What are the main objectives of winter SCORES for the kids involved?

RK: The goal of winter SCORES is to get kids thinking about how they can make healthy choices in their everyday lives. We want to teach them the background and skills to understand the way that what they eat and drink affects their health. In winter SCORES they also have the chance to improve their soccer skills with regular soccer practices and clinics.

Nutrition is such a difficult topic to tackle with kids. How do you make it fun to eat healthy?

RK; It's really natural to talk about nutrition in DC SCORES, because everyone wants to become a better soccer player. One way we discuss nutrition is by showing how healthy eating helps them to play better. We also make nutrition fun by including lots of hands-on activities. The kids love getting to test out new recipes that include healthy ingredients such as whole wheat bread, fruits and vegetables.

Give us an example of a nutrition lesson you've found effective in past years?

RK: One lesson that's really effective is a lesson about soda. Students measure out the amount of sugar in a bottle of soda, and they are always amazed! When you see a bottle in front of you, it's hard to realize how much sugar is hiding in it. Most students leave the class excited to share what they saw with family and friends, and to cut down on the amount of soda they drink.

What's one of kids' favorite snacks to take home with them and tell their families about?

RK: Last year my class voted on their favorite snack, and the winner was turkey pocket sandwiches. They took whole wheat pita bread and stuffed it with turkey slices, lettuce, tomato, and low fat salad dressing.