The spring season began on March 15 at all DC SCORES partner schools. During the spring, students participate in soccer two days a week, service-learning two days a week, and soccer games on Thursdays and Fridays.
In the spring, our elementary school soccer league is competitive as teams work to earn their way into the playoffs and eventually the City Cup Championship in June 5. Standings are based on game scores, but also on the sportsmanship points that each team works to earn each week. Our soccer curriculum also includes health games and lessons designed to teach students that physical fitness requires both exercise and good nutrition.
Our service-learning curriculum, Writing for the Community, takes students through the process of exploring their community and the issues that affect it. Once an issue is chosen the team researches, develops, and implements a project to tackle the issue. Each year, DC SCORES provides an overall theme for Writing for the Community. This year’s theme is “the environment.” One of the first lessons is a community walk where the students take a walk around their neighborhood and identify the positive and negative aspects of it. After the walk, they discuss what they would like to change in their community. From there, the students begin to create the project that they will work on for the rest of the semester. One DC SCORES team, for example, has challenged their entire school to collect plastic water bottles, which will be used to create a large-scale art piece to show the community importance of recycling and reusing.
The DC SCORES program year will culminate on June 5 with our annual Jamboree! at Trinity University in Washington, DC. The Jamboree! is a city-wide event that brings together our 700 participants and their families for a day of soccer and fun activities including face painting, activity booths, and relay games. The event is a great way to both celebrate our poet-athletes' hard work throughout the year and start the summer.