Springs/BCP After-School Program
in the City Springs After-School
Program/BCP 21st Century Community
Learning Center participated in a
variety of exciting activities this
year. Here are just a few:
March 22nd Mr. Leroy Calvie's Karate
students competed in a tournament at
Milford Mill Academy. The team won
a 6 foot trophy for the most competitors
and 47 mostly first-place trophies.
May 17th they won 32 trophies at
a second Milford Mill Academy tournament.
Most students won two trophies a piece.
kids are awesome," says Mr.
Calvie. "All they need is someone
to tell them and show them what to
do, and a little bit of genuine love."
First and second graders learned
about African cultures in a 10 week
cultural enrichment program at Port
Discovery Children's museum. Teacher
Harriet Burtwell assisted with the
In December the Steppers performed
for residents at Basilica Place Senior
Housing and gave them gift baskets.
Teachers Nadine Jackson and Sharone
Henderson run the Steppers group.
Day of Service
City Springs partnered with Hope Worldwide's
Baltimore branch for the 2008 MLK Day
of Service on February 21st. Students
beautified the school playground and
painted an outdoor mural in freezing
weather. Three students participated
in the "I Have a Dream" speech
would like to thank everyone who
participated in the MLK Day of Service
including BVU's Volunteer Central,
Starbucks, Mayor Sheila Dixon's Initiative
for a Cleaner Greener System, The
Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods,
Baltimore City Public Schools, Rhonda
Richetta, Wendell E. Moore, Muriel
Berkeley, Alicia Thomas family & friends,
Stacey Ridgeway and family, Sarah
Pitts and family, Latonya Blue, Melanie
Coleman and family, Choney Copeland,
Sharone Henderson, Alexandra Hughes,
Sonya Hughes, Brendan Lee, Kellie
McGuire, Devin Stevenson, Gwen Majette,
Elizabeth Bartholme family & friends,
Leann Girogilli, Blanton LaDonna,
Jennifer Wheeler, April Bryant, MICA
students Sarah Cluggish and Rachael
Faller, and Kids on the Hill. Rachael
Faller designed the mural.
May nine first grade students participated
in Blanket Statements, a show organized
by MICA graduate Rachel Faller. The
exhibition of quilt-inspired artwork
celebrated community and examined issues
surrounding diverse groups.
teachers Ann Nicoletta and Joy Colvin
were prompted to involve their students
in the project when one student said, "I
used drawing and quilting as methods
to help students explore what they
like about themselves and what they
like to do. The "What is Good
About Me" paper quilt was displayed
at Load of Fun Galerie at 120 W.
Two robotics students were nominated
for "most improved" at The
Legacy of Greatness Gala on February
9th at The Forum. Tonya Featherston,
Executive Director of Just 4 Youth,
runs the Robotics Program.
The Concert Band, taught by Lakesha
Hawes and Jonathon Howard, performed
in the BCPSS All City Honor Band Concert
at Morgan State University on February
The City Springs Basketball
League, run by David Engel, Kyle Garrison,
and Sarah Pitts had a season record
of 10 and 2. They were the runner up
to Lombard Middle School and competed
every Saturday from December through
Felder, with the assistance of Kellie
McGuire, taught basic sewing which
involved sewing hand bags, banners,
and learning about the different parts
of a sewing machine.
During the City Springs Holiday
Program in December all of the after-school
enrichment classes showcased their
talents. The celebration featured a
fashion show lead by Aquil Gywnn, Monica
Cauthorne, and Jinkia Scott. The
Band performed holiday songs along
with several student vocalists.
On May 16th, the last day of the after
school program, students were surprised
with a dance party, pizza, and ice
cream. 92Q Jams (WERQ 92.3) provided
music and MC'd the event. The steppers
performed for the entire after school
program while the teachers prepared
for a basketball "rumble" with
Ms. Richetta, Mr. Moore and Ms. Thomas
would like to give a special thanks
to all of the After School staff who
contributed to the program and invested
their time and energy in our students.
Springs and BCP would
like to thank the following partners
for supporting the After-School
Springs Needs an Athletic Field
City Springs Principal Rhonda Richetta
really want to play football!" This
is a quote from a letter written
by the children of City Springs School
to me, their principal.
same children can be seen very early
every morning playing the sport they
love, but it breaks my heart to see
that their only option is to play
on a blacktop playground.
Springs' playground is unsafe and
littered with broken glass, discarded
needles, and other debris. Play options
are quite limited.
prompted the children to present
me one morning with a signed petition.
My goal is to get them what they
help from community members and local
businesses we will transform this
neglected park into a vibrant community
City Springs School Athletic Field
will strengthen the community by
keeping children off the street,
out of gangs, and in productive sports
will provide a place where children
can play while parents exercise on
the running track. Families will
gather on weekends to attend football,
lacrosse, and other sports events.
Maryland Department of Housing and
Community Development has awarded
the Baltimore Curriculum Project
$7500 in tax credits to encourage
business support for this project.
goal is to raise $2.2 million by
May 2009. Donations will be recognized;
especially generous gifts with signage
on the sports complex itself. Naming
opportunities are also available.
partners include including Colliers
Pinkard, Living Classrooms Foundation,
BRE Construction, and The Little
Italy Community Association. We invite
you to join them and invest in the
future of this community.
YOU CAN HELP
more information and to donate online
your check payable to "Baltimore
Curriculum Project" to:
2707 E. Fayette Street
discuss naming opportunities or to
tour the school please contact: