Girl Scouts drop-in center receives $35,000 grant to expand programs

November 06, 1996|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Clarification

In an article yesterday, The Sun failed to include a number o organizations that provide financial support for a Girl Scouts drop-in center at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in East Baltimore. Besides the Maryland Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, contributions also come from the Jacob and Annita France Foundation Inc., the Robert G. and Anne M. Merrick Foundation, the Hoffberger Foundation Inc., Kaiser Permanente, the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation Inc. and the Goldsmith Family Foundation Inc.

For Erica Williams, the Girl Scouts is a refuge from the daily violence that has taken over playgrounds and streets in East Baltimore.

"It's hard to find somewhere safe to play in my neighborhood because of the drug dealing and shooting out my way," said Erica, 10, who often visits a Girl Scout drop-in center that received federal funding to expand activities.

"This is a safe place where I can come to be with my friends," said Erica, a fifth-grader at Thomas G. Hayes Elementary School.

She is among 25 girls from East Baltimore who have participated since January in free after-school activities at the center, which is in Johns Hopkins Hospital's security office at 407 N. Caroline St.

Organizers of the center -- the first of its kind in the nation, according to Girl Scout officials -- will hold an open house from 4: 30 p.m. to 6 p.m. today to announce that they have received a $35,000 grant from the Maryland Juvenile Justice Advisory Council to expand their after-school programs and Saturday field trips to include as many as 90 girls.

The center, originally open only to Girl Scouts, will be open to the community, an official said. Information: (410) 358-9711.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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