Blacks of Chesapeake wins $9,000 grant

EDUCATION NOTES

November 18, 2007

The Comcast Foundation has awarded the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation a $9,000 grant in support of its Carr's Beach Preservation and Education Project, which aims to educate Anne Arundel County residents on the rich history and cultural import of Carr's and Sparrows beaches and surrounding areas.

The foundation, working with Educators Connecting Research to the K-16 Classroom and the Annapolis Maritime Museum, designed the project to integrate environmental science, culture, technology and the history of Carr's Beach into a Chesapeake Bay Legacy Program that targets grades four to eight in county public schools.

The curriculum will include hands-on activities for students, such as building replicas of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from PVC piping, collecting artifacts and conducting environmental analyses. Students involved in the program will also explore oral histories, texts and documentaries, and will participate in music-oriented exercises.

"The Comcast grant will help us take our Carr's Beach Preservation and Education Project to the next level," said Vincent Leggett, founder of Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation.

"We have long recognized a need for educating our communities along the Chesapeake Bay on the contributions that black Americans have made to our local economies and cultures. Through the generosity of partners like Comcast, we are able to establish authentic programs that not only detail these contributions and preserve history, but make learning about them fun."

The two beaches were a summer resort for blacks in times of segregation, from 1927 to the 1970s during the Jim Crow era. Carr's Beach was a venue for prominent black artists, including James Brown, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.

Educators honored at awards dinner

Four Anne Arundel County Public Schools educators were recently honored by the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce at the organization's Celebrate Community Awards Dinner.

Maryland City Elementary School second-grade teacher Julie Zawislak, Meade Middle School science teacher Jennifer Shelleman and Meade High School guidance counselor Jonathan Putt received Outstanding Educator of the Year awards for their respective instructional levels.

Arundel High School Principal Sharon Stratton received the Outstanding Administrator of the Year award. The annual Celebrate Community Awards program also honors public safety officers and members of the military community as well as a business leader, nonprofit organization and outstanding female leader.

AACC to offer classes in 2-week winter term

Anne Arundel Community College will offer nearly three dozen classes during its winter two-week term that runs from Jan. 2 to Jan. 16.

Registration will be held through Jan. 1. The classes being offered cover the same material as those offered in the regular term. To learn more, go online to www.aacc.edu/recreg.

Sign up on the Web at myaa cc.aacc.edu or by using the STARS touch-tone phone system, 410-777-2241, from 5 a.m. to midnight daily. Registration also can be completed by mail or in person at the Arnold campus, AACC at Arundel Mills, the Glen Burnie Town Center or the Fort Meade Army Education Center.

For information call 410-777-AACC or visit www.aacc .edu.

Pasadena teen a `Caring American'

A Pasadena teenager who has worked to encourage young people to pursue their dreams, was honored Friday as among the 10 "Most Caring Americans" nationwide.

Davin Singleton, 18, is dyslexic and suffered from low-esteem in elementary school, where teachers told him he would never be able to write in script or count to 100. By the time Davin was in high school he had more than caught up to his peers and created a workshop called Dreamers: How to Become Your Dream. It has so far been incorporated into two Maryland schools.

The Caring Institute held its 19th annual National Caring Awards Ceremony in Washington.

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