Friends of Ketcham Elementary School (FoKES) is a group of committed volunteers dedicated to creating a community around a traditional school in Anacostia. The Anacostia neighborhood is filled with tradition, history and loving families. Many of the children that attend Ketcham are steeped in their community, and many of the children are also on the free and reduced lunch program (Title 1 school). Research shows that schools filled with children living in poverty have far less resources and opportunities to thrive and be competitive. Poverty should not stricken a child’s pathway to upward mobility. FoKES is taking the adage, “it takes a village” not only as words to the wise, but an action and an intentional way of supporting a traditional school in Anacostia. FoKES goals are to maintain the beauty of the school community, while also adding enriching programs, teacher grants, field trips, professional development, and parent engagement activities. This, FoKES believes, will build and enhance self awareness and confidence among the beautiful and brilliant children of Ketcham. All students and teachers can flourish with support, love and the resources to do so.
This endeavor to partner is mainly done by fundraising, and ‘friends’ collaboratively working together to add to the wonderful school community named Ketcham