Live It Learn It’s Summer 2018 Quarterly Update

LILI Quarterly Update

Students enjoying a healthy snack
Students enjoying a healthy snack they made from the food they picked in a garden.

Four times a year Live It Learn It publishes a newsletter called the Quarterly Update (QU). It highlights the new and noteworthy events in student programming and for the organization more broadly. You will also find stories from the field, which capture the great moments that happen during our units.

In addition to our regular updates, we also have two exciting additions!

  1. Reader Survey – Tell us what you really think about the QU. What more do you want to know about LILI? What can we do to make this more valuable to you?
  2. Impact Report – Download this awesome infographic to get a deeper look into what LILI has accomplished during the 2017-18 school year.

Enjoy the summer Quarterly Update!

Programming Updates

Student analyzing the March on Washington
A student analyzes images from the March on Washington

Our School Year by the Numbers – We successfully closed another wonderful school year with DC Public Schools. This year we served over 2,100 students from 18 Title I schools. We went on 197 field experience across the city with 90% of students saying they wanted to go back. Thank you to the students, staff, and partners who helped make these academic experiences possible!

Expanding our Connection with Teachers – In July, we will launch the Experiential Learning Fellowship, a new initiative for teachers in Title I DCPS schools. Our inaugural cohort of 11 teachers will spend one year digging deeply into five themes: rooting learning in experience; creating a culture of thinking; connecting socio-emotional and academic learning; creating trauma-sensitive classrooms; promoting racial and educational equity. These motivated Fellows will grow as experiential educators and leaders in their school communities.

See you in the fall! – This 4th grader can’t get enough of LILI. After a visit to the zoo, he said, I will tell my family that LILI is the best unit I ever had and I wish I could go with them every day.” We’ll miss you this summer but we’ll be sure to see you, and the students from our new partner schools, come September!

Organizational Updates

Drum Circle at the May Event
Students participate in a drum circle during An Experiential Evening of Art & Education.

#OneoftheBest – LILI was accepted into the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s 2018-19 Class as #OneoftheBest local nonprofits! To receive this recognition, LILI underwent a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 120+ experts in the local philanthropic field. The Catalogue’s goal is to create visibility for the best community-based charities, fuel their growth with philanthropic dollars, and create a movement for social good in the greater Washington region. We’re proud to receive this honor.

An Experiential Evening of Art & Education – Thank you to everyone who sponsored and attended An Evening of Art & Education in May! This wonderful fundraiser was co-hosted with the Kreeger Museum and featured hands-on activities, music by Davey S. Yarborough, and a drum circle. It was such a pleasure to gather such an amazing group of people, all of whom are committed to supporting DC youth. See photos of the event here! 

A Story from the Field

Garbology – Students Making Change in Their School

Student using a watershed model
Student using a model to learn about how plants help watersheds.

Have you ever seen trash on the side of the road, in the woods, or at the beach? How did it get there? Maybe someone threw it there, but maybe it arrived another way.

This year, for the first time in LILI history, we worked with second grade classrooms answer these questions.  Using models of the Anacostia River, students conducted experiments to discover how rain washes debris from the land into our waterways. They also played a game that demonstrated how trash can accumulate quickly if each person litters a little bit. At the end of the lesson De’Maurice said:

“Now I know that we would clean up the water by picking up trash!”

Moved by this experience, Ms. Jackson’s class from Simon ES decided to make a change. At dismissal time, students wait to be picked-up near a small creek. After two lessons with LILI, the class organized a trash clean-up while they waited, thereby keeping garbage out of their nearby waterways and beautifying their school.

Students making paper
Students making their own recycled paper.

Ms. Jackson had this to say about the experience:

“Previously my students did not seem to even think twice about dropping candy wrappers on the ground. Yesterday they were picking up after their friends!”

The class’ experience ended with a third lesson where students made recycled paper. Over the course of our time together, students not only learned valuable environmental science content, but they were also agents of positive change in their communities. Kudos to Simon’s second graders!

If you’d like to download a printable copy of the Quarterly Update, you can do that by clicking here.


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