Funding cuts are making it increasingly difficult for Wolfe Street Academy to provide the extra-curricular programming that has made WSA one of the best elementary schools in Baltimore.
Since the 2015-2016 school year, the Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) has engaged WSA students in after-school STEM-based activities twice a week. Students split their time between hands-on STEM experiences in the classroom, and learning how to sail in the harbor. This program utilizes the Reach curriculum, developed by US Sailing, to combine their love of sailing with STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) principles.
Wolfe Street Academy hopes to extend this learning experience into the summer by offering STEM/Sailing classes during the summer school session. The DSC has agreed to partner again with WSA and provide matching funds if we can raise $5,400.
DSC already provides a fantastic STEM and sailing camp to Baltimore City youth.
“DSC’s Adventure Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing and is for persons 8 - 15 years old. Our Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUNenvironment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen!” – Down Town Sailing Center
WSA serves over 200 students from Pre-K to 5th grade on a site that has housed a succession of public schools since 1852. The buildings have changed but these schools have always served the most recent immigrant population who seek new and better lives in Baltimore.
Over 80% of our students speak a language other than English at home and 96% of our students come from low-income households.
Our Summer school serves these same students. Roughly 80 students participate in a free summer learning experience for 4 weeks (totaling over 100 hours of academic and enrichment learning).
The goal of the summer program is to reduce summer learning loss and to provide students with enriching experiential learning opportunities. Opportunities like these provide the background knowledge students need to be successful in class.
Please help us provide our students with this enriching experience. Without programs like ours, and generous donors like you, these children would not have the opportunity to participate these character building experiences.