Washington Capitals and Mystics Team Up for Teach For America Week
Chris Clark and Alana Beard Teach Local First-Graders
WASHINGTON, D.C. October 24, 2005 Washington Capitals forward Chris Clark and Washington Mystics forward Alana Beard participated in Teach For America Week 2005 at Powell Elementary School in Northwest Washington, D.C., Oct. 24. This was the first joint event with both teams since the Mystics were acquired by Lincoln Holdings this summer.
Clark and Beard took-over Amy Duarte’s first-grade D.C. public school class, talking to the students about the importance of practicing, teamwork and education. Clark also let the class try on some hockey equipment, explaining what each piece of equipment is used for. Clark and Beard finished the visit by answering students’ questions, signing autographs and passing out goody bags.
“It’s rewarding and energizing to be around a group of kids like this,” Clark said. “I hope we were able to make a positive impact.”
Teach For America Week is an annual, nationwide event in which leaders from all professions spend an hour of their time teaching children from some of our nation's lowest income communities where Teach For America corps members teach. Beyond the immediate impact students feel in individual classrooms, Teach For America Week highlights, for people across the country, the challenges these students face and the promise they offer.
Since its launch in 1997 hundreds of America's most successful leaders have participated in Teach For America Week, sharing their knowledge, personal insight, and wisdom with thousands of children. Last year Capitals alumnus and Comcast SportsNet hockey analyst Craig Laughlin participated in Teach For America Week, teaching a fifth-grade class at at Patricia R. Harris Education Center in Southeast Washington, D.C.