Summer program offers boost to black students

May 16, 1994|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer

This summer, while other youngsters are splashing in the pool, 40 Howard County students will be trying to find the value of "X" and learn the composition of the iron atom.

The new, five-week Summer Bridge Program, sponsored by the school system's Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP), lets black middle and high school students take mathematics and science lessons to help prepare for the academic challenges of the next school year.

The enrichment program begins June 27 and ends July 29 at Howard Community College. Participating students will receive instruction in algebra, geometry, biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science and computer applications.

The noncredit summer program continues the 8-year-old BSAP's commitment to helping black students, said Gloria Washington, a BSAP facilitator.

"Our focus is for the participant to master skills in the related areas so when they go into the class, they will have the skills and confidence, and many, many opportunities to achieve success," she said.

Students who are in the seventh through 10th grades in the 1993-1994 school year are eligible for the program, which is limited to 40 participants, Ms. Washington said. So far, 28 have registered.

Tuition is free for students who attend the 20 BSAP schools, but students who attend non-BSAP schools will have to pay $350. Financial assistance may be available.

Three certified teachers, two academic monitors and one college intern will work with the students during the classes, which will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ms. Washington said.

The classes will feature academics in the morning. During lunch break, students can take part in tennis, basketball, martial arts and other recreational activities.

In the afternoon, students will attend workshops on SAT preparation, conflict resolution or test-taking skills, Ms. Washington said. They also will read novelist Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" and other literature.

On Fridays, the pupils will go on field trips visiting museums, libraries, Morgan State University and the Maryland Science Center.

For more information, call BSAP at 313-6806.

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