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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 1, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 10
Summer Learning Leaders Honored for Work in Community

Four community leaders will be recognized this week by the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins for their contributions to Baltimore's summer learning programs. The event, a gala dinner and silent auction, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus.

The honorees are teacher Pablo Koropecky, Mayor Martin O'Malley, Enoch Pratt Free Library head Carla Hayden and JCPenney's Edward Solczak. The featured speaker is Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund.

Pablo Koropecky, an alumnus of the Center for Summer Learning's Teach Baltimore program and of Johns Hopkins, will receive the Founder's Award for distinguished service in the field of education. Koropecky completed a master's program in education through the center and now teaches at Barclay Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City.

Mayor O'Malley will receive the Summer Mathematics Award for leading Baltimore's Summer Learning Campaign, a citywide effort to prevent summer learning loss. The Mayor's Math Challenge, an important part of the campaign, helped keep students engaged in math problems throughout the summer.

Carla Hayden, executive director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and immediate past president of the American Library Association, will receive the Summer Reading Award for her work in promoting summer reading in Baltimore and across the country.

Edward Solczak, director of JCPenney Afterschool, will receive the Corporate Leadership Award for the retailer's support of after-school initiatives, some of which have Baltimore locations. JCPenney Afterschool provides financial support to five of the country's leading after-school and summer programs: Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Afterschool Alliance, YMCA of the USA, 4-H and Junior Achievement. Through these relationships, JCPenney Afterschool provides annual contributions that enhance curricula, upgrade facilities, train staff and volunteers, provide transportation and sponsor programs that will positively impact children's chances for success.

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund and recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, will be honored for her leadership and distinguished record of service to children and families.

The Center for Summer Learning develops, evaluates and disseminates model summer learning programs, stimulates research and builds public support for summer learning. Since 1992, the center has provided summer learning programs to more than 3,000 students in the Baltimore City public school system.


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