Living Classrooms Foundation

Behind the Scenes

May 16, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To provide hands-on education and job training for students from diverse backgrounds, with an emphasis on at-risk youth. Using maritime settings, the foundation provides experience-based educational programs. Key objectives of all programs are development, cooperative learning, elevating self-esteem and fostering multicultural exchange. In addition to operating the Living Classrooms East Harbor Campus, the foundation also operates the Baltimore Maritime Museum, the Maritime Education Fleet, Mount Pleasant Farm in Howard County and Fort Carroll Oyster Sanctuary.

Latest accomplishment: April 29, grand opening of the National Historic Seaport, a link to Baltimore's waterfront historic sites. And last year, 38 disadvantaged job training students in the Project SERVE program helped revitalize East Baltimore neighborhoods, including renovating four houses, cleaning up 1 million pounds of trash and boarding up 504 vacant homes.

On the horizon: Completion of the Frederick Douglass-Issac Myers Maritime Park at Thames and Philpot streets, a working maritime railway and shipyard commemorating African-American contributions to maritime history. July 2, the foundation will be instrumental in returning the USS Constellation to the Inner Harbor where the restored historic ship becomes part of the National Historic Seaport. Maritime Magic, the annual fund-raiser, is scheduled for Sept. 10.

About the foundation: Operating budget: $6 million.

Where and when: 802 S. Caroline St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 410-685-0295. National Historic Seaport, open seven days a week, times vary. Call 410-396-3453 or 877-NH-CPORT.

James A. Flick Jr., chairman of the board of trustees: "I've seen the foundation grow and develop into a significant enterprise in the city. The National Historic Seaport is a good example of the foundation's creativity -- marrying economic development and career development."

Board members

Lawrence Bell III

Shery Bellamy

Patricia Bernstein

William Blake

Eddie Brown

Thomas Chagouris

Joseph Cicero

George Collins

Mark Collins

Carserlo Doyle

Michael T. Dunn

Antoinette Ford

Joseph Galli

Dennis Garrett

Fred Gloth Jr.

John S. Graham III

Jack S. Griswold

Edwin F. Hale Sr.

Barbara Hoffman

Gary A. Jobson

Francis X. Kelly

Joan Kozlovsky

Alan M. Leberknight

Robert L. Libertini

J. Alexander McCrary III

Eamonn McGeady

Harvey Meyerhoff

Sally Michel

Joanna Morfessis

Joseph Moss

John C. North II

G. Dennis O'Brien

Andrew M. Obrecht

Michael Ott

Selvin Passen

Richard Pate

James Pomfret

Stephanie Rawlings

Joseph C. Reid

Ted Rouse

William Donald Schaefer

Patricia Schmoke

Gail R. Shawe

Steve Simms

William R. Smith

Alan Walden

Stuart Walman

Lynnette Young

Drake C. Zaharris

Pub Date: 05/16/99

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