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A Summer Soiree


Monday, June 4, 2018
Living Classrooms' East Harbor Campus, 802 S. Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Ampersea, 1417 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Please Note: this event has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your support.

Join Ampersea and Living Classrooms for a progressive cocktail reception that will begin in our BUGS Greenhouse at our East Harbor Campus and continue at Ampersea's waterfront restaurant. Proceeds support Living Classrooms' Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) Program.

About the BUGS Program: The Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) Program of Living Classrooms Foundation works with children from under-served Baltimore City communities throughout the year through an after-school and a summer program. The program's primary goal is to empower and inspire our children to develop academically, creatively, and socially. The Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students After-School Program serves 48 second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students from Commodore John Rodgers Elementary School, a Baltimore City Public School, Monday-Friday from 3-6pm during the school year and five hours per day during the summer. Many of our students reside in public housing and low-income neighborhoods, and have little access to green space, and few extra-curricular activities available to them. The program engages youth in learning while providing them with a safe and healthy alternative to the streets.

BUGS is a nationally-recognized model program that uses thematic teaching groups including Gardening, Cooking and Nutrition, Creative Arts, STEM, and Service-Learning to help increase academic performance in reading and math and improve student behavior. The program provides a dynamic learning environment at the Living Classrooms East Harbor campus, with access to vegetable and flower gardens planted by the students, and the only wetlands on Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Our 1:12 instructor/student ratio provides youth with the close attention they need to succeed socially and academically.

In operation for over 20 years, the BUGS program refined its mission and methodology in 2002 to meet the needs of the underserved youth. BUGS uses the green environment of Living Classrooms’ East Harbor Campus and the inspiration of nature to tap into children’s innate curiosity. Through this type of hands-on, project-based teaching, the BUGS curriculum is able to offer social and academic development in an exciting, fun manner that reaches students who thrive in non-traditional academic settings while complementing in-school learning.

In 2009, The BUGS program was awarded the National William S. White Award from the United States Department of Education and the Mott Foundation as an exemplary 21st Century Community Learning Center.

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