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Programming at Masonville Cove
Living Classrooms Foundation is working with the Port of Baltimore, the Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Coalition, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore to create and manage the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, located on Masonville Cove on the Patapsco River's Middle Branch. This site acts as a gateway to connect underserved individuals and communities to the outdoors and the Chesapeake Bay through environmental education, stewardship activities, and job training programs. Living Classrooms is implementing coordinated school and community outreach programs for the Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, and Cherry Hill communities. This initiative is based on Living Classrooms' successful Meaningful Watershed Environmental Education program, which works with urban youth to understand and prevent the environmental effects of pollution and runoff in their own backyards.
Through the project, students learn about the water cycle, explore the concept of watersheds, learn about their own subwatershed, and employ mapping skills as they locate the storm drains on their school property and in their neighborhoods. Students are also involved in monitoring, protection, and restoration activities such as trash pick-up and recycling. They create and install rain barrels, stencil storm drains, and design and install native garden habitats. As students living near the Middle Branch learn about and help to improve their own neighborhoods, they will become the community's future leaders.
BEE SMART (Baltimore Environmental Education Summer Math and Reading Trailblazers) is a Living Classrooms summer program that operates at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Campus. The programservesrising 3rd through 5th grade students and uses STEM as a vehicle to motivate student learning, increase participants' reading levels and ultimately prevent summer learning loss--closing the achievement gap for students living in the low-income communities of Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, Cherry Hill, Westport, Lakeland, and Mount Winans.
BEE SMART students read, write, and engage in discussion about various STEM subjects and conduct a hands-on experiments or service projects, such as building their own underwater robots with video cameras.The program also includes small group coaching sessions with a reading specialist and recreational activities that inspire character development.
Strong parent involvement and rewards for perfect attendance are pillars for this program's success. Through family workshops, weekend conversation assignments, and continued parent feedback, BEE SMART has achieved a 95% parent involvement rate. Students whose parents are involved in their education, and that attend the program every day, are far more likely to succeed. Therefore, every Friday, students gather for presentations of learning and a field trip as reward for perfect attendance earlier that week.
Thanks to our generous funders, including Maryland State Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers, for keeping this program free for our students.
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