On a late September afternoon, Atasha James sat in her office at Leckie Elementary School finishing the day's work when she was suddenly interrupted.
A parent of a child came into the principal's office, asking if James had tag board.
"I said, 'I thought this was something really important,'" James said. "She said, 'It is. We need posterboard!'"
A few weeks later, sitting behind her desk, James laughs at the memory. The parent wanted the material because she was going to Leckie's first DC SCORES soccer game that afternoon. She was one of many parents, school administrators and teachers excited that the Lions have a soccer team.
For the first time in the school's history, thanks to the after-school soccer, poetry, and service-learning program that serves 1,500 low-income youth in the District.