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July 10, 2007
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Summer Learning Programs in Maryland Receive $15,000 from the Verizon Foundation
The Center for Summer Learning at The Johns Hopkins University Names 10 Summer Program Providers Receiving Grants
BALTIMORE - With a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, the Center for Summer Learning at The Johns Hopkins University will support 10 summer programs in Maryland in their efforts to engage children in enriching summer learning activities. Each summer program is receiving $1,500 to purchase books, materials and other supplies that will support literacy and learning activities for children in conjunction with Summer Learning Day on Thursday, July 12.
Each of the 10 summer programs is planning special activities for Summer Learning Day. For example, the William B. Baer School in Baltimore, which serves the needs of children with multiple disabilities, will hold an Earth Wise Summer Learning Museum. At the event, students and teachers will showcase environmental lessons, including those featuring endangered species, recycling and saving the Chesapeake Bay. Activities will begin at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 12 in the gymnasium of the school, located at 2001 N. Warwick Ave. Local dignitaries have been invited, and reporters and news photographers are welcome to attend.
“The goal of Summer Learning Day is to celebrate the importance of high quality summer learning opportunities in the lives of young people and their families," said Ron Fairchild, executive director of the Center for Summer Learning. "The events bring local, state and national attention to the issue of summer learning loss, and build public support for a broad range of programs that help to support working families and send children back to school ready to learn.”
The 10 summer learning programs represent a diverse collection of schools, camps and community-based organizations in Maryland that provide summer learning and enrichment activities to children and youth in their communities.
The 2007 awardees are:
Alexander Hamilton Elementary School (Baltimore City)
Anne Arundel County Public Schools/Lothian Elementary (Annapolis)
Baltimore Talent Development High School (Baltimore City)
Big Learning Inc. (Garrett Park)
Camp Puh’tok (Monkton)
Cumberland Department of Parks and Recreation (Cumberland)
Montgomery County Lucky Clovers 4-H Reading Buddies (Rockville)
The Door/Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation (Baltimore City)
The Youth Club of Westhills (Baltimore City)
William S. Baer School (Baltimore City)
This year’s Summer Learning Day activities include:
- Dramatic readings and gift certificates to purchase books
- Academic Olympics that focus on reading and math skills
- A summer science fair featuring student exhibits
- Show-and-tell experiences that demonstrate students’ written and verbal communications skills
- A Frontier Days event featuring books and activities on Native American culture
“Literacy and education in the 21st century are a core focus of the Verizon Foundation,” said Susan Butta, vice president of external affairs for Verizon Maryland. “It is exciting to be part of the Center for Summer Learning's national celebration and to positively affect so many students’ scholastic achievements in Maryland.”
To learn more about Summer Learning Day, please contact Jeff Smink at 410-516-7436 or visit http://www.summerlearning.org/summerlearningday/index.html.
About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, is committed to improving literacy and K-12 education; fostering awareness and prevention of domestic violence and promoting the use of technology in health-care delivery. In 2006, the foundation awarded more than $69 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched charitable donations from Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $29 million in combined contributions. Under the foundation’s Verizon Volunteer initiative, one of the nation’s largest employee-volunteer programs, company employees and retirees also have contributed nearly 3 million hours of community service since Verizon’s inception in 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit http://www.verizon.com/foundation.
About the Center for Summer Learning
The mission of the Center for Summer Learning is to create high quality summer learning opportunities for all young people. The center is committed to expanding summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth as a strategy for closing the achievement gap. Based at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, the center works to improve program availability and quality, build public support and influence public policy and funding. For more information, visit http://www.summerlearning.org.
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