Students' excitement for science is on full display after school at Hernwood Elementary


Where do you think there is excitement and laughter after 4:15 p.m. on a school day?  If you guessed the 21st Century Program at Hernwood Elementary School, you are right. Students who are part of the program are provided with afterschool tutoring three days a week that includes one hour of instruction in core subjects and one hour of enrichment.

The 21st Century Program is a federally funded program that provides academic enrichment opportunities to students that will allow them to become proficient or advanced in the core subjects of reading and math. The program offers a broad array of enrichment activities such as art, technology and gym that complement the students' academic subjects. The next phase of Hernwood's 21st Century Program is to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating students.    


In the final session for this school year, some exciting activities are planned. The Maryland Science Center Traveling Program has already shared with students the importance of cleaning pollutants from the Chesapeake Bay, and Eric Energy offered an interactive, hands-on science show – and will return again on May 18.
Also coming soon:

  • Craig Colliswill help students explore the fascinating and fun world of math with The Magic of Math Assembly Program.
  • The Move the Worldprogram will work with Hernwood's Grade 4 and 5 students. This exciting dance movement program helps students develop communication and cooperation skills.
  • As an exciting end of the year activity, on May 23, Hernwood's 21st Century Program will host a Re-tread (recycled clothes) Fashion Show and a guest speaker who will share with parents effective strategies to help maintain children's academic skills during the summer.
Story and photos submitted by Michael A. Brown, Sr., 21st Century Community Learning Project Director, Hernwood Elementary School
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