May 22, 2013 – Schiff Hardin will assist First Star Greater Washington Academy with its goal of steering more foster kids in the Washington, D.C., area toward a college education by supporting the Academy’s Celebration of Learning event on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County, Virginia.


The First Star Greater Washington Academy provides foster care youth with the academic support, enrichment and encouragement needed to assist them in becoming competitive applicants for admission to college. The Celebration of Learning event recognizes the accomplishments of Academy students and also welcomes new students to the upcoming university campus immersion residential program that begins in July.


Schiff Hardin attorneys and staff will support the Celebration of Learning event through:


    • Volunteerism – Providing day-of assistance with event logistics, including grilling and picnic food service, organizing games and activities, and the student awards presentation.


  • Student Sponsorships – Sponsoring an Academy student’s participation in the Celebration of Learning by covering the cost of a backpack with school supplies that will be presented to every student at the event.



  • Fundraising – Schiff Hardin’s Washington, D.C., office will hold a silent auction to raise money for the various items needed to execute the Celebration of Learning event, including park shelter rental, picnic food and refreshments, park admission for attendees, instructional supplies and student award items.




Academy students attend the Celebration of Learning with their foster families, social workers, Academy mentors and the many other individuals who have supported their journey toward college. The day’s activities include a student awards ceremony, picnic lunch, games, and the opportunity for Academy students to see and hear from adults and peers who exemplify that working hard toward ones goals is recognized and valued by the community and families around them.


The Celebration of Learning event is part of Schiff Hardin’s firm-wide volunteer community service initiative, the A.C.T. Initiative, which stands for All Come Together. The A.C.T. Initiative provides an opportunity for attorneys and staff to strengthen the Schiff Hardin culture and give back to the communities in which the firm has offices through participation in volunteer projects focused on education.


Event Information

What:     First Star Greater Washington Academy Celebration of Learning

When:    Sunday, June 23, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT

Where:   Burke Lake Park

7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia (Washington, D.C. suburb)


To learn more about First Star Greater Washington Academy, please visit


Additional information about Schiff Hardin’s A.C.T. Initiative, including a list of volunteer activities in each city, is available at


About First Star Greater Washington Academy

The First Star Greater Washington Academy provides a free, year-long program to 30 foster youth in the 8th and 9th grades that provides the academic support, enrichment and encouragement needed to assist them in becoming competitive applicants for subsequent admission to two and four year colleges. This comprehensive introductory college immersion program offers superior individualized attention and services through a caring adult network, foster “alumni,” and extensive young adult mentorships. The program engages students in a variety of fun and active learning opportunities that include academic courses to prepare for college, independent studies, social and cultural activities, field trips, service learning and recreational activities.