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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake

facilitates safe and enduring mentoring relationships.  Meeting two or three times a month for at least a year to build strong relationships through activities designed to foster trust.  The Lunch Buddies program allows for these mentoring relationships to flourish in an academic setting.

Character Counts! Kent County

takes more than 100 community leaders into public school classrooms throughout the County as Character Coaches to encourage the concepts of character; Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

Echo Hill Outdoor School

conducts a program of interdisciplinary outdoor education to encourage curiosity and learning about the environment, farming, and the rich history of Kent County, featuring boating excursions on the Chesapeake Bay.

Fiddlesticks! Youth Orchestra / OuterAtrs

provides an opportunity for Kent County public school children in grades 3-8  to learn the violin and participate in a youth orchestra.  In its first year, the program will provide lessons for up to 64 children, and in 3-5 years will establish first a string ensemble and then a full youth orchestra.

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Council

has a varied program to develop confidence, courage and character for girls through troop activities and outdoor experiences. A new program of science education is particularly popular.

Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne's

serves low income families in the County by providing a high quality summer enrichment program for underprivileged elementary and middle school children to reduce the academic achievement gap that occurs over the summer. Participants begin each new school year with a head start and an enthusiastic approach.

Kent Forward

is comprised of concerned business leaders in the County who strive to improve Kent County Schools.  The Challenge Day program targets social problems in the school and has been very successful in helping youth have a better understanding and appreciation of each others differences and be more tolerant.

Playmakers Camp at the Garfield Center for the Arts

brings together children from public and private Kent County schools for a summer of theater experiences culminating in a presentation for the community.

Agency Spotlight:

Echo Hill Outdoor School

Summer 2015...Echo Hill Outdoor School, headquartered outside of Still Pond, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, has provided memorable river oriented experiences for Kent County children for many years.  Kids literally live on and from local waterways for three to five days at a time.

 

On United Way support:

" Echo Hill Outdoor School provides positive experiences for children in the outdoors, helping them to find out more about science and ecology, history and the human environment, themselves and each other. The United Way of Kent County partners with Echo Hill Outdoor School by sponsoring scholarships which help to provide Kent County public school children with overnight camping trips on the Chester River during the summer months."

-Andrew McCown, Associate Director, Echo Hill Outdoor School