THE DIFFERENCE between school and the real world is that in school, extraordinary achievements are rewarded by grades and gold stars. In the real world, you get money.
So what happens when the real world meets academia? The achievements of teachers result in money for schools. Hammond High School is doing well in this department.
Jennifer Petering, teacher extraordinaire of environmental science and biology and an avid recycler, has received a grant from Chesapeake Bay Trust to buy science equipment.
She and her stalwart band of students are planning to help restore and monitor the health of a storm management pond and stream near the school. What's puzzling about the grant is the amount: $999.
Apparently, someone doesn't like round numbers. But surely there is a budding philanthropist who'll donate $1 to the project?
More money is coming to the school's science departments. The Washington Post has given three $95 grants for science projects. Earth science and biology teacher Ann Stellman got the cash for her ocean thematic project. Technical education instructors Jay Fogleman and John Ensor received a grant for their project "Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance." And special education teacher Sheryl Baker plans a human skeleton project with her proceeds.
Breakfast with the principal
Hammond High will hold another of its popular breakfasts with the principal at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Guidance Resource Center.
Parents of Hammond students are invited to this informal, light meal. Call the school for reservations so that the staff can prepare enough coffee for everyone. Information: (410) 313-7615.