The Fishing School

TFS' annual Math & Science Night featured tabling activities focused on giving parents strategies to help students improve in simple math and science exploration. Activities were led by volunteers from the Metropolitan Police Department.
Get messy, get smart,
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TFS' Math and Science Night exposed parents and family members to strategies they can use at home to nurture kids' love for science and boost math skills.

In one tabling activity, teams were challenged to b uild a free-standing tower using 20 sticks of raw spaghetti, one strip of tape, and one marshmallow. In another, students learned about the density properties of water and oil while c reating lava lamps. Students honed their math skills with games such as the $100 Word Challenge in which they c alculated the "value" of their names based on a cash-to-letter template.

TFS' school-based events invite parents and family members to engage in the education of their children and welcome them as learning partners. Activities also give students and staff the opportunity to showcase some of the creative STEAM projects they accomplish during programming that families can replicate together at home.
Heart work
In his time as an MPD officer, Tom Lewis was assigned to the Officer Friendly program. During his visits to schools, he spoke to students about the importance of respecting their parents and listening to their teachers. His experiences in the police department inspired him to open the doors on The Fishing School in 1990.

Mr. Lewis describes his love of working with children and families and TFS' programs today as "hard work, but Heart work." 

At this year's Math and Science Night, MPD volunteers engaged with students, parents, and staff in this heart work. F rom running activities, to sweeping the floors, to sitting down for one-on-ones with students, TFS would like to thank MPD and all of the officers who came out to our site schools to support our work. 
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