Live It, Learn It was born out of its founder's experience as a teacher in one of DCís lowest-performing schools where students were undermined by inadequate exposure to the world around them, limited connection to academic material, and little sense of why education mattered. The idea was to supplement classroom instruction with vital experiential learning. Today, LILI inspires academic achievement and ignites student potential through first-hand exposure to DCís historical, cultural, and natural resources. Youngsters examine plant adaptations at the US Botanic Garden, recite a Frederick Douglass speech from the steps of his former home in Anacostia, and work with an artist at the Kreeger Museum to create Monet-inspired landscapes. The result: students are more confident, more motivated, and more successful in the classroom. Professional development for teachers ensures that they, and their students, learn how to get the most from the pre-trip classroom sessions, hands-on academic trips, and post-trip lessons. LILI makes history, science, and culture come alive for over 1,600 children Ė and generates a priceless love of learning.